Give vent to

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Give vent to to allow to escape or break out
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Altered form of fent, M. E. fente—O. Fr. fente, a slit.

Usage

In literature:

Even above the cannonading he could hear men give vent to savage cheering.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
He could scarcely consider the perspiration as an inconvenience, since it saved him from being baked by giving vent to the excess of caloric.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
They were trying to frighten him from giving vent to his only method of showing his patriotism.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
Often had he to stop, to allow his father to give vent to his anguish.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
He wrote to give vent to the passions of his heart.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Carson was at the point of giving vent to his fears, when the animal stopped.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
The warlike and revengeful spirit of the Indian began to give itself vent.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
Tommy had not ridden far before he began to give vent to his reigning passion, and asked William if he had ever seen an Arabian on horseback.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
And as he is "applying rationalism to a sphere above reason," the mystic may give full vent to his imaginative powers.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
But when she could, she would open the reservoirs of her soul and give full vent to her pent-up emotions.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
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In poetry:

Steadfast and still the same
On my object bent,
While the hands give vent
To my ardour and my aim
And break into very flame—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
The law commands me to believe;
The gospel saving faith doth give:
The law injoins me to repent;
The gospel gives my tears a vent.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Thus as to and fro they went,
Over upland and through hollow,
Giving their impatience vent,
Perched upon the Emperor's tent,
In her nest, they spied a swallow.
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

FOR as long as there have been teenagers -- about 50 years, give or take -- there have been movies designed to soothe their misery, give vent to their frustration and lay claim to their hard-won allowances and after-school minimum wages.
In an upper middle class Connecticut home, circa 1960-something, Agnes, very much in control, gives vent to her carefully delineated fantasy.
In fact, the site gives you all the time you need to vent.
I'm giving you a place to vent.
Latrell Sprewell is only the latest in a long string of angry young men whose message to sports fans, who are frequently adolescents, is that it is acceptable to give vent to your rage.
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