give vent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give vent give expression or utterance to "She vented her anger","The graduates gave vent to cheers"
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Usage

In literature:

He did not salute Frederick, but took advantage of the occasion to give vent to his own bitterness.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Apparently, however, he was in the habit of giving vent to his animal spirits when alone.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
He, too, must needs give vent to his irascible feelings some how.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
It was almost as good as a week's rent to her to give vent to her feelings.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
They were not above giving vent to either pain or surprise.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
Moreover, it seemed as though half the town was astir by this time and giving vent to its enthusiasm.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Tozer had been seated in his favourite chair, much subdued, and giving vent now and then to something like a sob.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
He is enabled to give full vent therein to his love of flowers.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
Even Lily Pendleton could not forbear giving vent to her amusement, and she laughed with the others.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
She would give vent to her hatred.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
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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
"Oh, sir," the suitor uttered sadly,
"Don't give your indignation vent;
I fear you think I'm acting madly,
Perhaps you think me insolent?"
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
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.
Visible reddish-brown volcanic particles blasted out in the steam vent plume give it a pinkish color.
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