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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACT OUT

They are—I mean they act out a king and queen and their court.

It could not act in its own province, unless it had a right to act out of it.

Let's start in at the beginnin' 'n' act out the whole business.

Act out part of this story and let some one guess what it is.

Choose some one for each of the parts and see if you can act out this story.

We want to know unmistakably what to believe, and how to act out our belief.

Whatever the dream may be, I am too genuine a coward to act out my own death in it.

He did not see that he had any part to act out more than he had always had.

I had fully recovered myself, and was prepared to act out my part.

It is natural also for children to act out the stories they hear.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.

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