Synonyms for acting up

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That was his idea; and the old man was robbing him in not acting up to it.

But was he a good Jew, devout and acting up to the light he had?

"I said one of the State Department translators was acting up," Burris said.

He had bestridden the nervous pinto and Molly was “acting up.”

God will never blame us for not acting up to any light that was hidden from us.

He shook his head and tried to keep his stomach from acting up.

Sincere in his convictions, I do not think he could be blamed for acting up to them.

All this was but acting up to the idea Mr. Roubiliac had formed of the abstractedness and eccentricity of genius.

You say you like people to act up to their convictions; you feel wronged when people blame you for acting up to your convictions.

At first she spoke to him guardedly, acting up to her part of repentant sinner, and expressing a desire to take the veil.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ACTING UP

misbehavior

nounnaughty act, conduct
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