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give (full) vent to (something)

To passionately express one's negative emotion, such as anger, frustration, etc. Once we left the office, Sally gave vent to her anger about how promotions are unfairly awarded in our department. I work in customer service, so I'm used to people giving full vent to their frustration.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give vent to

express or release (a strong emotion, energy, etc.).
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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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And yet at times my spirit was too strong for me, and I gave vent to dangerous utterances.
Then the poor brute within gave vent to a series of short, sharp cries.
The orchestra of yellow silk women and bald-headed men gave vent to a few bars of anticipatory music and a girl, in a pink dress with short skirts, galloped upon the stage.
A few, and they not the least powerful and terrific of the band, threw lowering looks, in which the fiercest passion was only tempered by habitual self-command, at those captives who still remained in their power, while one or two even gave vent to their malignant feelings by the most menacing gestures, against which neither the sex nor the beauty of the sisters was any protection.
In this manner they proceeded in uninterrupted silence, except when Heyward addressed some solitary word of comfort to the females, or David gave vent to the moanings of his spirit, in piteous exclamations, which he intended should express the humility of resignation.
Zardari meanwhile rejected money laundering charges, condemned the torture of Hussain Lawai and gave vent to suspicions about there being something in the works hidden behind a veil.
She gave vent to a passion for peace during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
The supreme leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei gave vent to his distrust of Washington as he weighed the prospects of a nuclear deal with world powers.
Haunted by her nightmares, she gave vent to her torment with a rich, loamy voice, while Gazheli's sonorous instrument was heard to advantage as Oreste.
The aACAyoffending article' evoked ire from a cross-section of people, who gave vent to their feelings on cyber space.
The leaders and supporters of JI gathered outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) and gave vent to its ire over the sentence of its ex-Amir.
For about two solid hours - 1973's Quadrophenia in its moody entirety plus some other favourites - Daltrey gave vent to one of rock's great anthemic voices and Townshend, in a checked shirt that gradually darkened, gave his guitar and famous whirling right arm a punishing workout.
The police has information that the women were angry about it and on Saturday they gave vent to their pent up anger by beating them up with canes and pelting them with stones which resulted in their death," TOI quoted IG (special branch) S N Pradhan as saying.
In the aftermath of the Chennai Super Kings ( CSK) entering the play- off of the IPL championship, the young star gave vent to her feelings over team Royal Challengers Bangalore's defeat turning out to be a gain for CSK.