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act inActing in or as something. committing into some work.
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act upTo misbehave; to cause trouble.
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act outTo express one's feelings through disruptive actions.
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act outTo go through the process of a scene from a play, a charade or a pointless exercise.
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act onTo act decisively on the basis of information received or deduced.
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act upgive trouble
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balancing actA performance that involves balancing things precariously and suspensefully.
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balancing actAn effort to manage many conflicting or competing items or interests.
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act one's ageTo be mature and not childish.
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in the actIn the process of doing something; used to emphasize the eye-witness evidence.
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caught in the actTo be found doing something that you weren't supposed to be doing, while you're doing it.
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clean up one's actTo reform; to improve one's habits.
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get one's act togetherTo become serious, organized, worthwhile, etc.
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read somebody the riot actTo scold or berate somebody; to reprimand.
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act like a bull in a china shopTo act rudely or clumsily in a delicate situation.
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abide byTo accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce; as, to abide by an award.
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chicken outlack nerves to act
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hold backTo act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power.
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stand in forTo replace; to act as a double or substitute for.
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back offTo become less aggressive, particularly when one had appeared committed to act.
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boss aboutTo act in a bossy manner with another person, ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior.
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boss aroundTo act in a bossy manner with another person, ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior.
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cue upThe act of taking aim on the cue ball with the cue in a game of snooker, or billiards, etc.
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throw a fitTo become angry, enraged, or upset; to act or react with an outburst, as by shouting, swearing, etc.
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cave inThe act of something collapsing or caving in.
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cave inThe act of relenting.
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chew the sceneryTo display excessive emotion or to act in an exaggerated manner while performing; to be melodramatic; to be flamboyant.
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cold shoulderA deliberate act of disrespect; a slight or snub.
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hair-splittingThe act of finding exceedingly small differences which are probably neither important nor noticeable to most people.
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ham it upTo act or emote, especially to overact or act badly.
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one good turn deserves anotherOne act of kindness should be paid back by another act of kindness.
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vote outTo expel the holder of an office or other position through an act of voting.
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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.
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actions speak louder than wordsIt is more effective to act directly than to speak of action.
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be had upTo be accused of, or arrested for a criminal act.
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camel's noseA metaphor for a situation where the permitting of some small act will lead consequently to a larger undesirable act or circumstance.
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carry onTo act or behave; especially to act or behave so as to attract attention.
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cast the first stoneTo act self-righteously in accusing another person, believing that one is blameless.
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cold comfortC. 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 1.
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crank upTo start something mechanical, an act that often used to involve cranking.
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do the honorsAct as a host to guests.
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do the honoursAct as a host to guests.
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don't drive faster than your guardian angel can flyDriving (a vehicle) very fast is a dangerous act.
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dragTo act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.
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eat someone out of house and homeC. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act II Scene I.
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err on the side of cautionTo act in the least risky manner in a situation where one is uncertain about the consequences.
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faceplantThe act of landing face first, often associated with bailing during extreme sports.
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first things firstDeal with matters of highest priority first; deal with matters in logical sequence.1922, H. G. Wells, The Secret Places of the Heart, ch.4,"First things first," said Sir Richmond. If we set about getting fuel sanely, if we do it as the deliberate, co-operative act of the whole species, then it follows that we shall look very closely into the use that is being made of it.1999, Frank Pellegrini, "House Republicans Quell Mutiny Over Tax Bounty," Time, 23 Jul.,Judging by the polls
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flat-footedUnprepared to act.
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fly in the face ofTo act in a manner highly contrary to; to counteract or contradict.
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