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.