take out on

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Related to take out on: To clear out, give up on, get up to, fill in for, having it out

take (something) out on (someone or something)

To subject an innocent party to one's anger or aggression. I know you're mad at dad, but don't take it out on me! Why are you taking your anger out on that poor pillow? What did it ever do to you?
See also: on, out, take

take something out on someone or something

to punish someone or something because of something, such as anger, hurt feelings, frustration, etc. I know you're angry, but don't take it out on me! Don't take out your anger on me.
See also: on, out, take