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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It's a great way for the little ones to let off some steam whilst getting active and exploring the great outdoors.
Sometimes you can just tell that people are ready to let off some steam," he said.
They can run around and let off some steam, while you get to sit back and maybe have a chat with friends.
Organisers want you to make an afternoon of it - so grab some bargains, enjoy the refreshments, and let the children let off some steam.
Jo said: "Surfing is a brilliant way for children and teenagers to spend time in the great outdoors, let off some steam and have heaps of fun.
This experience is completely free for all, and Thomas fans will really be able to let off some steam as there's loads to do.
Some of the fellas got together and organised a night out for everybody to let off some steam and enjoy themselves.
My head is about to explode like a Death Star unless I let off some steam.
3 INDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE LET off some steam by creating and racing through your own obstacle course.
CHILDREN are being encouraged to let off some steam at a popular North East visitor attraction this summer holidays.
While pop star Lily might be eager to let off some steam, sci-fi fan Frank saw his own dreams set in motion recently, when he popped up in an episode of Doctor Who as train engineer Perkins.
I usually let off some steam on a Saturday night so when I wake up I like to have a lie-in.
FAMILIES stuck for ways to entertain their children this half-term are being invited to Tredegar House to let off some steam with a range of fun activities for everyone to enjoy.