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blow off (some) steam

To release strong emotions or energy by engaging in some kind of enjoyable, vigorous, or relaxing activity. I went on a run to blow off steam after our fight. When work gets frustrating, I like to go bowling to blow off some steam.
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blow off steam

Also, let off steam. Air or relieve one's pent-up feelings by loud talk or vigorous activity. For example, Joan's shouting did not mean she was angry at you; she was just blowing off steam, or After spending the day on very exacting work, Tom blew off steam by going for a long run . This metaphoric term refers to easing the pressure in a steam engine. [Early 1800s]
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blow off steam

verb
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blow off steam

To give vent to pent-up emotion.
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LaSalle is still loaded with bars where our reporters go to blow off steam," said Tom Collins of the News Tribune.
Older and wiser today, I still attend film festivals but find milder ways to blow off steam.
But despite the grave and often uncomfortable nature of the story, Teplitzky said that the mood on set was playful, and that the tight-knit cast of Firth, Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman kept it light and fun to blow off steam.
First of all, we needed to be close and secondly, as an ensemble in a kind of theatrical way, we needed to blow off steam because it was a really intense shoot.
Even if the event is just co-workers -- no bosses -- a holiday party is not the place to blow off steam about your problems with the organization or the people that work there,” says Hansen.
A chance to blow off steam tonight sees you finding help from an unexpected source.
Disappointed students say it was a way to blow off steam at the end of the semester and that a drunken few ruined it for the majority.
We used to go out to blow off steam, but if damage was caused, the garrison would be punished.
The guy who invented this game had a weird sense of humour and must have worked in a very boring job so he thought up an 80-minute free-for-all so that participants could blow off steam, and just to make it more interesting he threw in a ball that was hard to control.
Back then, they were just a part of a bunch of regular guys who'd work deep into the night, then blow off steam the next day drinking beer and eating pizza.
Sumire is prickly, but likable; she feels trapped in a situation where she needs to marry a man who's smarter, richer and taller than her, and having Momo as a pet allows her to blow off steam.
Get some alone time to sort it out--go for a walk in the snow, do some fireside meditation, blow off steam over a cup of hot cocoa.
Corrigan's survey is about the bars and taverns "where newspaper reporters are known to gather after work to review stories, to hatch investigations, to discuss office politics and to just generally blow off steam," he writes.
She offers a number of commonsense prescriptions: prioritize, pick your battles, use peers outside the building as sounding boards, take short walks to blow off steam, have a life outside school.
Because the editor of this magazine unaccountably took his time in acknowledging my merit as an applicant, to blow off steam I played basketball on the local court several hours each day.