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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 (full) vent to (something)

To passionately express one's anger or unhappiness. Once we left the office, Sally gave vent to her anger about how promotions are unfairly awarded in our department.
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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.
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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

v.
To release some strong emotion by taking action against someone or something: The frustrated travelers vented their anger on the employees of the airline.
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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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First, Venter plans to deliver predictive and preventive medicine on a revolutionary scale by discovering the very earliest warning signs for susceptibility to chronic illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
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.
Venter has been in hot water already in the last two seasons.
In his memoir A Life Decoded: My Genome, a triumphant story of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today, Venter tells of the unparalleled drama of the quest for the human genome, a tale that involves as much politics (personal and political) as science.
En realidad se trata del primer genoma sintetico de una bacteria, que controla la reproduccion de una celula, pero no de la creacion de vida artificial o de una celula sintetica, aunque Venter haya asegurado: "Esta es la primera celula sintetica que se ha hecho, y la llamamos sintetica porque esta totalmente derivada de un cromosoma sintetico".
If we carefully look at his work, we would find that Venter is actually not going against nature but is trying to make good use of genetic material available in nature so that he can design or recreate organisms with desired traits or convert one species into another.
Craig Venter, an American biologist, announced at a press conference on Thursday that he had synthesised an artificial strain of DNA and used it to take control of a cell.
Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith and others claimed to have created a "synthetic cell.
American biologist and entrepreneur Dr Craig Venter and his team created a living cell powered by man-made DNA, artificially changing one simple type of bacteria into another.
We have a wide range of applications (in mind)," Venter said.
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.