let off some steam

let off (some) steam

1. Literally, to release or emit steam. Should I turn down the heat? That pot is letting off a lot of steam.
2. To release strong emotions or energy by engaging in some kind of enjoyable, vigorous, or relaxing activity. I went on a run to let off steam after our fight. When work gets frustrating, I like to go bowling to let off some steam.
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let off some steam

verb
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According to the event description, it says it "allows children and their parents to let off some steam together and party in a rave-style atmosphere".
The idea is to build kids confidence and let off some steam through learning Muay Thai and boxing.
Players were clearly determined to let off some steam following a long season and enjoy their achievement as much as possible with plenty of alcohol involved in their celebrations.
Listeners got to rage out, express their frustrations, and let off some steam to rousing songs with plenty to say from the likes of BLKD and Kemikal Ali.
The boys got to hone their skills in the sport and have a chance to let off some steam and keep fit and healthy at the same time.
Trainspotters were in for a treat when the Ynys Mon Express (60163 Tornado) stopped off atChester Railway Stationto let off some steam - literally!
The RSPB Arne reserve, Dorset, is holding Welly Walks to teach children all about the wildlife in the area, as well as providing them with the perfect opportunity to let off some steam. RSPB.org.uk
In her final years in Beirut, Chaker had found an Iraqi violin teacher, Mohammad Abbas Hashem, who pushed her to improvise her own cadenzas to Mozart concertos and jam on traditional Arabic maqam scales as, she recalled, "a way to relax and let off some steam." She sought out other masters of Arabic and Ottoman court music.
Whether they want to stop by for a hot shower, a swim in the pool or to let off some steam in the gym, we will welcome them through our doors."
BY MIRROR REPORTER GAME of Thrones fans enduring the agonising wait for season eight got to let off some steam at Sunday's Winterfell Festival yesterday.
When bummed out, mum will often let off some steam for minutes on end.
Kids will love this place, with indoor and outdoor play areas, and parents can sit and watch while younger visitors let off some steam. Or, if you've ever wanted a go of some construction machinery yourself, why not have a go?
She decides to let off some steam at a boxercise session but when it is cancelled, she ends up talking to Gabriel.
"It's almost a way for the security agents to let off some steam...