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      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
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    #1

    Take it out on you

    Please explain the meaning of this statement. "I did not take it out on you"?
    I am just looking forward for your prompt and positive response please.

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      • Native Language:
      • Hungarian
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      • Europe
      • Current Location:
      • Europe

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    #2

    Re: Take it out on you

    *** NOT A TEACHER ***

    An example:

    Suppose that I am angry, but NOT because of you. So, when I'm talking to you, I try to remain calm and be nice to you; I don't want to take out my anger on you. Now suppose you felt that I did treat you as if I (had) blamed you for my feeling angry.

    You: You should not have taken out your anger on me.
    Me: But I did not take it out on you!



    I hope this helps.



    PS: I hope that native speakers correct me if I'm wrong.

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      • Native Language:
      • English
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      • United States
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      • China

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    #3

    Re: Take it out on you

    Mav is correct.

    "Take it out on" is used to express when Person A punishes an innocent Person B for some negative thing done by Person C.

    We would not use this expression in a positive context, except in extreme sarcasm.

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