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take it out on something

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take it out on

verb phrase

To punish or mistreat an innocent subject for wrongs one has suffered: Whenever his boss yells at him, he takes it out on his secretary

[1903+; perhaps fr take it out of someone's hide]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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