let off (some) steam

1. Literally, to release or emit steam. Should I turn down the heat? That pot is letting off a lot of steam.2. To release strong emotions or energy by engaging in some kind of enjoyable, vigorous, or relaxing activity. I went on a run to let off steam after our fight. When work gets frustrating, I like to go bowling to let off some steam.See also: let, off, steam

let off (some) steam

andblow off (some) steam1.

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Lit. to release steam. The locomotive let off some steam after it came to a halt. With a great hiss, it let off steam and frightened the children. 2. Fig. to work or play off excess energy. Those boys need to get out and let off some steam. Go out and let off steam! 3.

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Fig. to release one"s pent-up emotions, such as anger, usually verbally. I"m sorry I yelled at you. I guess I needed to let off some steam. She"s not that mad. She"s just letting off steam.See also: let, off, steam

let off steam

mainly BRITISH or

blow off steam

mainly AMERICANCOMMON If you let off steam or blow off steam, you do or say something which helps you to express or get rid of strong feelings of anger about something. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. Our teams meets every two weeks, giving everyone a chance to let off steam. I was so annoyed, I had to go for a run just to let off steam. The discussions offer students an opportunity to blow off steam about their teachers. Note: The reference here is to steam escaping noisily from the safety valve of a steam engine. See also: let, off, steam

let (or blow) off steam

get rid of pent-up energy or emotion. informal The image here is of the release of excess steam from a steam engine through a valve.See also: let, off, steam

ˌlet off ˈsteam

(informal) release energy, strong feelings, nervous tension, etc. by intense physical activity or noisy behaviour: He lets off steam by going to the gym after work. ♢ All children need to let off steam from time to time.See also: let, off, steam

let off steam

verbSee blow off some steamSee also: let, off, steam

let off steam, to

To give vent to one’s feelings, or to work off excess energy. The term comes from the safety valve in steam locomotives, which prevented steam from building up to the point of exploding. Henry James used it in a letter in 1869, “I feel an irresistible need to let off steam periodically and confide to a sympathetic ear.” See also blow off steam. See also: let, offSee also:

let off steam

express concern, sound off Hec is letting off steam again. He wants to save the wolves.

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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 very active physically after forced quiet. After the long ride on the bus, the children let off steam with a race to the lake. When the rain stopped, the boys let off steam with a ball game. Bill"s mother was very angry when he was late in coming home, and let off steam by walking around and around. Bill had to take his foreman"s rough criticisms all day and he would blow off steam at home by scolding the children. Compare: BLOW ONE"S TOP, LET GO6.
let it roll Let it roll! let it slip let it/(one) be let know let loose let loose of let loose of (someone or something) let loose something let me (just) say let me get back to you (on that) let me have it Let me have it! let me say let me see let me see/think let me tell you let me think let nature take its course let not the sun go down on your wrath let off let off (some) steam let off on let off on (someone or something) let off some steam let off steam let off steam, to let on let one let one loose let one rip let one's hair down let one's hair down, to let oneself go let oneself in for let or hindrance let out let out (some sound) let out (some) steam let out of let out of (something or some place) let out some kind of sound let pass let past let ride let rip let sleeping dogs lie let slide by let slip let slip away let slip by let grass grow under one"s feet let it all hang out let it lay let it rip let know let loose let me see let off let off steam let on let one have it let one in on let one"s left hand know what one"s right hand is let out let pass let ride let sleeping dogs lie
- Từ đồng nghĩa, cách dùng từ tương tự Thành ngữ, tục ngữ let off steam
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