vent your spleen
This page is about the idiom vent your spleen
If you vent your spleen, you express your anger.
- The company's shareholders were angry, and they used the annual general meeting as an opportunity to vent their spleen on the board members.
- Amy felt she had been badly treated by the media, so she took the chance to vent her spleen during the interview.
Origin: The spleen is an organ in the body near the stomach. In European medicine from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century, the spleen was thought to be the source of the "humours" that caused the emotion of anger. Therefore one could expel anger by "venting the spleen".
Contributor: Matt Errey