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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 of CongressAuthorization that is extremely difficult to get, especially in a timely fashion.
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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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Dutch actSuicide.
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act one's ageTo be mature and not childish.
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get in on the actto become involved in something.
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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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read someone 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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be oneselfTo behave or act naturally, without regard to how this behavior is perceived by others.
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box cleverTo act wisely.
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bridge too farA step or action that is too ambitious; an act of overreaching.
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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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change of tackThe act of tacking, turning into the wind so the sail moves to the opposite side.
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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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dig in one's heelsTo act in a determined manner by firmly maintaining one's beliefs, demands, situation, etc. in the face of opposition.
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do right byTo treat, deal with, or act toward (someone) in a morally just, socially honorable fashion.
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