blow off steam

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Relief valves released the excess pressure in a steam engine to prevent the boiler from exploding.


blow off steam (third-person singular simple present blows off steam, present participle blowing off steam, simple past blew off steam, past participle blown off steam)

  1. (idiomatic) 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.


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