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take (something) out on (someone or something)

To punish or mistreat someone or something as a means of expressing or giving vent to a strong, typically negative, emotion, such as 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? He's been taking his frustrations out on his coworkers lately.
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