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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Please include your initials and where you live* I WISH to vent my spleen on the Lego Men.
JA, Gateshead I WISH to vent my spleen about Newcastle Airport and the lack of provision of spectator galleries to watch the planes.
I WISH to vent my spleen regarding war memorials in Newcastle city centre.
I WOULD like to vent my spleen about the hoodies as they are called, well I'd just like to praise a hoodie.
I WISH to vent my spleen about the article which was printed in the Chronicle last Saturday about the city parking free for all.
REGARDING Charles N'Zogbia, I feel I have to vent my spleen.
I'D LIKE to vent my spleen with regards to the police.
I WOULD just like to Vent My Spleen about the people who have complained about BBC Radio Newcastle in recent weeks.
I JUST wish to vent my spleen about people picking on Prince Charles and Camilla.
I WISH to vent my spleen about a disgusting and at times shocking programme aired on Channel 4 prior to the watershed, called Embarrassing Illnesses.
I WOULD like to Vent My Spleen regarding my son who was training in Gateshead Stadium on Thursday.
It's the likes of these people who really Vent my Spleen.
I WOULD like to vent my spleen about obese people using public transport.