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take sth out on sb

phrasal verb with take uk   us   /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 ​badday, but you don't have to take it out on me!

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