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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.
See also: give, to, vent
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]
See also: give, to, vent
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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