need to let off (some) steam

need to let off (some) steam

To have a need to release of intense pent-up emotions or energy by engaging in some kind of enjoyable, vigorous, or relaxing activity. I needed to let off some steam after our fight, so I went for a run in the woods. When work gets frustrating and I need to let off steam, I like to go bowling with my buddies.
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