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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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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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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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give vent to

express or release (a strong emotion, energy, etc.).
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It's about giving every child a chance to really enjoy different types of music and give vent to their creative imaginations.
He said the teenager first intended to surprise people and to give vent to his anger but later went to extremes.
He would shout and give vent to his feelings in there - though I don't know about anything being thrown around.
In fact, both of these poetic forms conjure up an idealized world in which the lovers give vent to desires that transgress (but only in fiction) the medieval social strictures against physical passion as an end in itself.
We, their disciples, not having their background, experience, or maturity, felt free to give vent to our jealousies and hostilities.
The Commission - guardian of EU Treaties and of correct application of Community law - may give vent to its dissatisfaction as early as June 24, by sending the French authorities a letter of formal notice, the opening gambit in infringement proceedings.
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HE IS known to give vent to emotion during closely fought contests on the field.
According to sources, the irate people who were protesting against unscheduled and prolonged electricity load shedding set on fire Bao Train to give vent to their anger.
It seems apparent from the tone of his letter he has been a die-hard monarchist all along and is using a legitimate public protestation by republicans as an opportunity to give vent to his vitriol regarding republicans.
To give vent to her anger, Von D took to twitter to which Jeff retaliated by calling her hypocritical.
HESITATING to give vent to the anger and frustration of many Sefton Park regulars, regarding unleashed dogs attacking a lone cob and his six young, after witnessing the heroic efforts of one man (Sean) who didn't hesitate, I've succumbed.
To another question he said people of Balochistan were as much patriotic as were Sindhi, Balochi and Pushtoon, Punjabi and Saraiki adding it was but natural that they would continue to give vent to their resentment unless their due rights were returned to them.
Youngsters need to channel their energies and give vent to their thoughts.
Like the Poll Tax before it, it is an excuse to give vent to frustration.