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act up (no object)

MEANING: Misbehave (for people); Not work properly (for machines).

EXAMPLE:

“My Mum had a difficult time. I was always acting up as a child.”

“I guess I’d better get the television repaired. It’s been acting up lately.”

act like (inseparable)

MEANING: Behave in a way that’s like _____ .

EXAMPLE:

“What’s wrong with him? He’s acting like an idiot.”

Note: This phrasal verb is very informal.

act out (object)

MEANING:

1. When you act something out, you perform it or make it into a play.
2. Express your feelings or ideas.

EXAMPLE:

1. “The script itself is well written and well acted out by the cast”
2. “He has become desperate and is acting out his frustration by behaving like an idiot.”

 

reference :  http://www.learn4good.com/languages/evrd_phrasal/phrasal-a.htm#Act%20up

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