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English verb: act up

1. act up (social) misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way


SamplesThe children acted up when they were not bored.


Synonymscarry on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)misbehave, misconduct, misdemean

2. act up (perception) make itself felt as a recurring pain


SamplesMy arthritis is acting up again.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, smart









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