blow off steam


blow off steam
to do or say something that helps you get rid of strong feelings or energy.

I've told her she can call me and talk any time she wants to blow off some steam.

After a long car trip, the kids need to run around a bit and let off steam.

Etymology: based on the steam engine (= a machine that uses steam), which would explode if steam were not allowed to escape into the air

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  • blow off steam — (USA) If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • blow\ off\ steam — • let off steam • blow off steam v. phr. 1. To let or make steam escape; send out steam. The janitor let off some steam because the pressure was too high. 2. informal To get rid of physical energy or strong feeling through activity; talk or be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • blow off steam — phrasal : to relieve physical or emotional tension, ill temper, or resentment by vigorous activity or talk; specifically : to talk freely on the topic of one s grievance * * * let off/blow off/steam phrase to express your feelings of anger or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow off steam — (USA)    If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Blow off steam —   (USA)   If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • blow off steam — See: LET OFF STEAM …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow off steam — See: LET OFF STEAM …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow off steam — verb To rant or shout in order to relieve stress; to vent. Don’t take it personally when he shouts like that. He’s just blowing off steam …   Wiktionary

  • blow off steam — See let off steam …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • blow off steam — phrasal to release pent up emotions …   New Collegiate Dictionary