take it out on somebody

take it out on (one)

To punish, mistreat, or harm someone or something as a means of expressing or giving vent to a negative emotion. Sometimes phrased as "take (something) out on (someone or something)." I know you're angry, but please don't take it out on the kids; they didn't do anything wrong. Distraught with the news, he took it out on the old jeep, smashing it with a rock over and over again. He's been taking his frustrations out on his coworkers lately.
See also: on, out, take

take it ˈout on somebody

(informal) behave in an unpleasant way towards somebody because you feel angry, disappointed, etc., although it is not their fault: I know you’ve had a bad day at work, but don’t take it out on me.
See also: on, out, somebody, take