what you say when someone finally does something he wanted for a long time and by that bothers others. Is it correct to say: he did it, he finally spread his venom?

Student A and professor B our somehow opponents. A has an idea and wants to make it public which will destroy B. All of students try to prevent him from doing it for Professor sake. But A finally does it. Now others talk about A and they say: he eventually did it. Is it common to add?: He finally poured/spit his venom/poison

  • Please edit your question to give a concrete example. The phrase is not one I've heard, but it might perhaps be appropriate in some particular circumstance.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 22:06
  • "he spread venom in his words"?
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 22:16
  • 'Spit venom' is colloquial, despite the fact that snakes squirt venom through their teeth when they bite. They don't actually spit it.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 22:17
  • You know, I need to know what an English speaker says in this situation:
    – user287025
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 22:20
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    @ibf I have no problem with it. Even when stuff isn't it books, there are many, many reasons for that. Anyway, here spread means distribute to others; not just let it out. Do you mean let it out in anger? Or spread it around? English speakers, listen up: "He was always gossiping about everyone, spreading his venom every time he opened his mouth." It's perfectly literary....
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 22:45

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Yes, one can spread his venom though in the states one hears spewing more often. But continue reading:

something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice: 'the venom of jealousy'. dictionary.com


spiteful; malignant: 'a venomous attack; a venomous tongue'. (same reference)

see use of spewing and even bloviating venom at same reference! Also a googlebooks search of "he spread his venom" reveals frequent usage in Am lit.

  • i may get a venomous bite(s) with my answer ... if so allow me to gracefully head to the ER (withdraw answer. lol)
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 23:09
  • the 'jury' is still out on my answer ... did my best.
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 23:14
  • I am not a native speaker and sometimes it is difficult to grasp some meaning , would you please explain the the tow last comment of yours?
    – user287025
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 23:21
  • this is a community forum ... questions and answers are 'analyzed' by its members and may receive good or bad feedback.
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 23:26
  • now I get it :) I marked your answer as a useful one. thanks
    – user287025
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 23:29

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