BLOW OFF STEAM, BLUE, and BLUE-BLOOD: American English Idioms #21

Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 21. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.

Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.


This phrase means to release one’s anger or discontent, often by performing an activity that is contrary to one’s usual behavior. These activities might be anything from skydiving, to binge-watching Netflix for hours. This action will provide temporary relief, but not solve the problem that created the emotion in the first place.

To blow off steam is a metaphor that means to release one’s pent up anger, stress, or other emotions in a burst of activity.

Steam is used as a means for heat exchange in the operation of a steam engine. When a person blows off steam, they are releasing their pent-up anger and stress from all the work they have been doing.

People may blow off steam when they are angry. It is a way for people to release their anger in a harmless manner. They do not create any harm or distraction, unlike throwing an object or punching someone. People who do this will use their voice to yell or scream instead of using physical force. The person may also curse, but it is usually without interruption. This is because the person wants to express themselves fully and uninterruptedly.

Blow off steam is an activity that deals with the release of energy. Individuals often use this type of behavior to express their anger, which does not usually lead to damaging consequences. An individual may blow off steam by engaging in any noisy or harmless activities, such as huffing and puffing, whistling loudly, or shouting profanities.

Blow off steam is a term that refers to the process of releasing pent up anger, stress or frustration. When people blow off steam they often do so with an outburst, yelling, stomping their feet, but there are also more passive ways of blowing off steam such as taking a walk in nature, drinking alcohol or talking through your feelings. Experiencing blow off steam can be calming and soothing for individuals who are agitated or anxious.


The word “blue” is most often used to suggest a sad mood. For example, someone may be “feeling blue” if they are feeling down or depressed. The term can also be used as a metaphor to describe a person who has been left out of the loop on some major news. In this case, it would mean that they feel excluded from a major event and therefore they experience a sense of being left behind those who have been privy to the big secret.

To feel blue is to experience feelings of sadness and unhappiness. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as failed relationships and loss.

The expression “blue” was originally used to describe the sadness one feels when in love. The expression is still used in modern vernacular but there are many different emotions that can precede the feeling of being blue. Blue often corresponds with feelings of loneliness, depression, or sadness.

The word “blue” has many definitions. It can represent sadness, loneliness, or depression. It may be used in the context of an artistic color to describe sorrowful feelings in a story. The word may also refer to the color of the sky when it is overcast.

BLUE is typically associated with sadness. It reflects the way people feel when they are experiencing negative emotions. Research has found that people who wear uniforms of dark colors, such as navy or black, are deemed to be more serious, while those wearing light colors are seen as more approachable and friendly.


The phrase “blue-blood” is a colloquialism that is used to describe someone who has aristocratic origins. It comes from the blue shade of the blood in those with such an ancestry.

The term blue-blood is typically used to describe the descendants of the European aristocracy. It derives from a literal translation of the Spanish phrase sangre azul. This term refers to the high number of people with blue blood, meaning those who can trace their lineage back to Europe and aristocracy there.

A blue-blood is a term used for people who come from old and wealthy backgrounds. Blue-bloods are typically born into well-off families and live lives of luxury. The term may also refer to the blood that is supposedly blue in color, like those who come from aristocratic or royal families.

Those with blue blood typically come from a noble family and are typically aristocrats. They come from elite wealthy families who have been around for generations, often across the world. The term blue-blood is used to describe those with aristocratic or noble lineage, often those who have inherited wealth or attending an Ivy League school.

The term blue-blood, in its literal sense, is a person from a noble family. The term, in both its literal and figurative sense, derives from a historical concept in which nobility was determined by the gentry’s wealth and the amount of bluing used in laundry. In modern times however, blue-blood is more figurative. It can refer to how someone comes from an aristocratic background or to someone who tries to act like they do.

3 thoughts on “BLOW OFF STEAM, BLUE, and BLUE-BLOOD: American English Idioms #21

  1. Greetings Maestro Sersea
    I have been practicing American idioms and really, my level of English comprehension has improved considerably.
    When he heard the news blow off some steam because he has paid for his ticket to London.
    She had been blue since, her grandma passed away so, she will go to Paris.
    He is a rich man that born into a blue blood family.
    Best Regards,

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