get it out of your system: meaning and explanation

If you get something out of your system, you release or get rid of a negative feeling (e.g. anger, stress, anxiety) by expressing the feeling (e.g. by shouting at someone or talking to someone about whatever is worrying you).

You might also really want or desire to do something, and by doing it, you get rid of the desire and don’t want to do it anymore – you get it out of your system.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Northern England

his temper it's leave him of .
When loses his temper it's to just leave and let him it out of his .

…When he loses his temper...

to lose your temper means to lose control of yourself and become very angry. e.g. I know Joshua really annoys you but please try not to lose your temper this time.

Discussion questions

Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • When you feel angry, sad or worried, what do you do to get it out of your system?
  • Is there anything that you need to get out of your system? Do you know anyone who needs to get something out of their system?

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