to blow off steam

Idiom Definition

"to blow off steam"

to take pleasure or celebrate or play often to relieve tension after a period of high stress or heavy work or just to release energy or emotion

Idiom Definition - to blow off steam


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to blow off steam

Two friends are chatting at a dance club ...

Friend 1:   Look at Nancy go. She's dancing and dancing.

Friend 2:  She really had a really difficult week at work.

Friend 1:  I guess we can't blame her for blowing off a little steam then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to blow off steam

A family with two little children has been driving for hours ...

Father:  The kids are starting to fight.

Mother:  They've been cooped up in the back for hours.

Father:  There's a rest stop with a playground coming up.

Mother:  Let's stop and let the kids blow off some steam.

to blow off steam - Usage:


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to blow off steam - Gerund Form:

Blowing off some steam can be a welcome relief from working so hard.

to blow off steam - Examples:

1)  Everyone needs to blow off steam now an again. 

2)  Love it or hate it, we all need to blow off steam on Fridays.

3)  Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy.

4)  The boys blow off steam and blow up fireworks.

5)  She goes to the firing range when she needs to blow off steam

6)  Recess, many argue, is a key way to blow off steam and re-focus kids when they come inside.

7)  If you have little ones in tow, let them blow off steam at the Creative Discovery Museum.

8)  You have every right to blow off steam, vent or cyber yell in any way you want.

9)  You go for a jog to blow off steam.

10)  Bonus beers, bonus prizes, email hints- definitely an engaging way to blow off steam with friends. 

11)  I am good with that, photography is how I blow off steam, it is my release, and it is my entertainment.

12)  Blowing off steam is often not an option if you are struggling with a healing process.

13)  The music we play is such an outlet for blowing off steam.

14)  I'm not really certain she is just blowing off steam.

15)  We soon find out however, that, while blowing off steam does make us feel better, it rarely solves the problem.

16)  The lad was just blowing off steam in the heat of the moment.

17)  I have no problem with anyone blowing off steam in a non-harmful way.

18)  Just blowing off steam at the end of a long day.

19)  Sometimes this is just innocent blowing off steam, like throwing eggs at houses and TPing trees.

20)  There is nothing more therapeutic than putting on her boxing gloves and blowing off steam.