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English definition of “take sth out on sb”

take sth out on sb

phrasal verb with take     /teɪk/ verb (took, taken)
to treat someone badly because you are upset or angry, even if they have done nothing wrong: I know you've had a bad day, but there's no need to take it out on me!Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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