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vent (one's) spleen

To voice one's anger. Mom's been venting her spleen to me for an hour already. Apparently, Aunt Marie has wronged her yet again.
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give vent to something

Fig. to express anger. (The something is usually anger, ire, irritation, etc.) John gave vent to his anger by yelling at Sally. Bill couldn't give vent to his frustration because he had been warned to keep quiet.
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vent one's spleen

Fig. to get rid of one's feelings of anger caused by someone or something by attacking someone or something else. Jack vented his spleen at his wife whenever things went badly at work. Peter vented his spleen on his car by kicking it when it broke down.
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vent something (up)on someone or something

to release one's emotional tension on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Henry vented his anger on Carl. It's no use to vent your hatred on a door. Kicking it won't help.
See also: on, vent

give vent to

Express an emotion, as in He didn't dare give vent to his annoyance in front of her parents. [Late 1500s]
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vent one's spleen

Express one's anger, as in Some people see town council meetings as a place where they can vent their spleen. This expression uses vent in the sense of "air," and spleen in the sense of "anger," alluding to the fact that this organ was once thought to be the seat of ill humor and melancholy. [First half of 1600s]
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vent your spleen

If you vent your spleen, you express your anger about something. He took up the attack, venting his spleen against the government for a full hour.
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give vent to

express or release (a strong emotion, energy, etc.).
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vent your spleen

give free expression to your anger or displeasure.
2003 Guardian Woodgate 's clumsy challenge on the striker was not contested, though the visitors wasted little time in venting spleen at both the culpable Danish midfielder and, erroneously, the young pretender.
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give (full) ˈvent to something

(informal) express a strong negative feeling freely and forcefully: I tried to stop myself giving full vent to my anger.
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vent your ˈspleen

(literary) express your anger in speech or writing: He vented his spleen on the assembled crowd.In the past, people believed that the spleen (= a small organ near the stomach that controls the quality of the blood cells) was responsible for making someone feel sad or bad-tempered. From this, it came to mean a person’s anger.
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vent on

To release some strong emotion by taking action against someone or something: The frustrated travelers vented their anger on the employees of the airline.
See also: on, vent

vent one’s spleen

tv. to release one’s anger. I just feel like I have to vent my spleen at somebody.
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Venter se analise in hierdie hoofstuk oor Egipte, asook die begin van sy vertelling oor die Algerynse oorlog teen Frankryk, kontrasteer ietwat met die oorlogstories en avonture in die res van die boek en 'n mens sou eintlik graag meer hiervan wou hoor.
Venter has previously visited the UK twice with Glenwood's under-19 side, the first time as a 15-year-old.
Prosecutor Rosalind Scott Bell said Venter knew that the girl was only 14 and under the age of legal consent.
Venter said: "Before the Heineken Cup began, I asked if we would have a conference so all the officials from abroad were in tune as to the new interpretations of the laws.
South African Venter has been in hot water already in the last two seasons.
Growing up in California, Venter didnAAEt appear to have much of a future.
So, Venter might appear as ' creator of life', he is actually delving deep into existing life around us and life within us with the ultimate goal of solving problems relating to health of this planet as well as humans.
It's] the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer," Venter said.
Some reached for images from Genesis, others for analogies from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and still others said Venter had performed a technically dazzling but scientifically mundane task.
And Venter has defended the 15-year project, claiming his work will lead to new medicines, fuels and products that will absorb greenhouse gases.
BRENDAN VENTER has warned Northampton he is about to "unleash the monster" on them this afternoon.
SARACENS have vowed to vigorously support director of rugby Brendan Venter after he was charged with bringing the game into disrepute.
SARACENS' Brendan Venter blasted ref David Rose after his side crashed 22-15 to Leicester.
Brendan Venter will replace Eddie Jones as Saracens' director of rugby at the end of this season after the Australian announced he would leave his post.
Craig Venter (born 1946) is one of the most important biologists of our time as well as a larger-than-life character.