vent (one's) spleen

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vent (one's) spleen

To voice one's anger. Mom's been venting her spleen to me for an hour already. Apparently, Aunt Marie has wronged her yet again.
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vent one's spleen

Fig. to get rid of one's feelings of anger caused by someone or something by attacking someone or something else. Jack vented his spleen at his wife whenever things went badly at work. Peter vented his spleen on his car by kicking it when it broke down.
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vent one's spleen

Express one's anger, as in Some people see town council meetings as a place where they can vent their spleen. This expression uses vent in the sense of "air," and spleen in the sense of "anger," alluding to the fact that this organ was once thought to be the seat of ill humor and melancholy. [First half of 1600s]
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vent your spleen

If you vent your spleen, you express your anger about something. He took up the attack, venting his spleen against the government for a full hour.
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vent your spleen

give free expression to your anger or displeasure.
2003 Guardian Woodgate 's clumsy challenge on the striker was not contested, though the visitors wasted little time in venting spleen at both the culpable Danish midfielder and, erroneously, the young pretender.
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vent your ˈspleen

(literary) express your anger in speech or writing: He vented his spleen on the assembled crowd.In the past, people believed that the spleen (= a small organ near the stomach that controls the quality of the blood cells) was responsible for making someone feel sad or bad-tempered. From this, it came to mean a person’s anger.
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References in classic literature ?
Boy, lead me home, that he may vent his spleen On younger men, and learn to curb his tongue With gentler manners than his present mood.
MONTERREY v CHELSEA BBC HD & BBCI, 10.30am THIS is the time of the year when football managers in England start bemoaning the congested Christmas fixture list, and new Chelsea chief Rafa Benitez will have more cause than most to vent his spleen over the coming weeks, writes Steve Palmer.
ON the subject of things we can do without, Dan Mason continues to vent his spleen at Steve, even after having that particular organ surgically removed.
There's a moment of drama when Amy is almost run over by the building workers, prompting a furious Steve to vent his spleen to Lloyd.
The War Museum is becoming more flexible in its attitude to veterans and no more non-veterans have been appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, but thank heaven there is still a chance for this old curmudgeon to again vent his spleen.
There will be plenty of council meetings in the future when Cllr Anderson can vent his spleen on Cllr Bradley's leadership of the council.
The Kairdiff Kid has the advantage of a regular column in which to vent his spleen against genuine Christianity by highlighting the worst examples of ecclesiastical idiocy, which are an irritation and embarrassment to mainstream Anglicans.
And if LS needs some more worthy topics to vent his spleen I can come up with a dozen at least.
A DREARY old Tory called Lord Mancroft used the House of Lords to vent his spleen about the "grubby, slipshod, drunken, promiscuous and lazy" nurses who attended him at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Readers of this column know I'm no fan, but he was right to vent his spleen over Charles: The Meddling Prince, a Channel 4 documentary so weighted against him his former Lady Clerk, Sarah Goodall, was rejected as a mouthpiece because she refused to stick the boot in.