Definition of take something out on in US English:

take something out on

phrasal verb

  • Relieve frustration or anger by attacking or mistreating (a person or thing not responsible for such feelings).

    • ‘Instead, I took my anger out on her, my frustrations, purely because she was there.’
    • ‘But she should be the last person he should be taking his frustrations out on.’
    • ‘Chin's attackers were angry about not being able to find jobs in the auto industry and - mistakenly believing that he was Japanese - took their anger out on him.’
    • ‘Children are soft targets and easy to take frustrations out on.’
    • ‘I guess that was why you took your anger out on all those guys.’
    • ‘Then at least I'll have something to take my anger out on.’
    • ‘Then she found out her grandmother, her primary caretaker, was dying of cancer and she took her anger out on the only person she had: me.’
    • ‘I don't know, I am a bit of a soft target to take your anger out on, don't you think?’
    • ‘And when you're the defendant and you're the only one that they can take that anger out on, you're going to pretty much always get convicted.’
    • ‘I'm sure you missed having some one to take your anger out on.’