(let/blow) off steam


1. do or say something that allows you to get rid of pent up emotions or frustration






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let/blow off some steam in the meeting

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When you 'let off steam' or 'blow off steam' it means to do something in order to help manage strong feelings emotions or a large amount of energy. Usually, when you 'let off steam' or 'blow off steam' you are doing something constructive rather than behaving in a way that expresses your anger or frustration or another negative feeling. This is a casual expression usually used in social contexts.

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  1. I like going for a run in the evening. It allows me to let off some steam after a tough day at work.
  2. I know things are difficult in your relationship at the moment, so feel free to give me a call if you ever feel like letting off some steam. 

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  1. The performance review gave me a chance to blow off some steam about how badly I felt the project was organized and managed.
  2. We have an on-site gym and relaxation room where employees can let off steam after a difficult day.

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