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    Question Vent away

    Hi,

    What does "vent away" mean? I didn't find it in any dictionary. Is it a phrasal verb?

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    Nyggus

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    Re: Vent away

    Mmm...never heard of it...is it the same as "give vent to"..?
    Or maybe you misread it...You sure it's not "went away".?

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    Re: Vent away

    Quote Originally Posted by Gёггч View Post
    Mmm...never heard of it...is it the same as "give vent to"..?
    Or maybe you misread it...You sure it's not "went away".?
    "Vent away" for sure.

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    Re: Vent away

    It is a colloquialism for "Let it all out - express yourself as freely as you want". Usually used for those people who are upset or angry about a situation and want to talk about it at length.

    "I am sorry for bending your ear about this. I really need to vent my feelings."
    "Vent away - I have lots of time."

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    Re: Vent away

    What about "make sure you have appropriate air flow to vent away any fumes that develop" - make sure their is a way for the air to flow (vent) away from you?

    Not a phrasal verb, but just a regular verb with a preposition?

    Context really helps!

    (Although my first thought was also the "go ahead and let your feelings out" meaning above.)

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    Smile Re: Vent away

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What about "make sure you have appropriate air flow to vent away any fumes that develop" - make sure their is a way for the air to flow (vent) away from you?

    Not a phrasal verb, but just a regular verb with a preposition?

    Context really helps!

    (Although my first thought was also the "go ahead and let your feelings out" meaning above.)

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    Good one! In my case Anglika's explanation, as well as your "go ahead and let your feelings out", suits perfectly. But I have to remember about this other possible explanation as well!

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    Nyggus


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    Re: Vent away

    "Away" can be used with several verbs in this sense, but as others have pointed out, context is everything.

    a. "I'm afraid if I scrub too hard, I'll hurt the finish on this counter."
    "Oh, scrub away. You can't possibly hurt the tile."

    Or:

    b: "I hope this steel wool will work to scrub away the mark my nail polish left on the counter."

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