take (something) out on (someone)

phrasal verb
took (something) out on (someone); taken (something) out on (someone); taking (something) out on (someone); takes (something) out on (someone)

Definition of take (something) out on (someone)

: to treat someone badly because one feels angry, frustrated, etc. workers who go home and take out their frustration on their families I'm sorry you didn't get the job, but don't take it out on me.

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“Take (something) out on (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28something%29%20out%20on%20%28someone%29. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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