safety valve

safety valve
'safety valve
n
1.) a part of a machine that allows gas, steam etc to escape when the pressure becomes too great
2.) something that allows you to get rid of strong feelings without doing any harm
Being able to express emotion is a healthy safety valve for the relationship.

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