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 ?
For whenever the temper of the Women is thus exasperated by confinement at home or hampering regulations abroad, they are apt to vent their spleen upon their husbands and children; and in the less temperate climates the whole male population of a village has been sometimes destroyed in one or two hours of simultaneous female outbreak.
There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.
ISAIAH 57,1 A nation, an age, or a world has fallen on evil days when bad men vent their spleen and good men do nothing.
After their disgusting, booing, bullying, yobbish treatment of Emmanuel Eboue on Saturday, they may care to take a long, hard look at themselves before they next vent their spleen.
Therefore it does seem somewhat disingenuous of angry members of the public to vent their spleen at so-called mealy-mouthed politicians when in fact the problem lies squarely at the feet of the nation's population.
It is as if many therapists were cowed into silence for a period of time, but with the conservative shift in society they now feel free to vent their spleen and rigid views of sexuality.
Eurosemi Bulletin editors Alex Kearns and David Ridsdale vent their spleen on a semiconductor industry issue close to their heart.
If the police want to vent their spleen it's not Andrew they should be targeting but the dim copper who let him go.
Small businesses in the Birmingham area will have the chance to vent their spleens at the Small Business Council's 'Town Hall' meeting on March 30.
Few sitcoms vent their spleens as voluminously as ``Curb Your Enthusiasm,'' and the grandeur of David's wildly misplaced rage remains quite the spectacle.