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act

noun     /ækt/
[C] something that someone does: A partner may be held responsible for the acts of his co-partners committed in the name of the firm . He has led an investigation into stock market manipulation and various illegal acts and swindles . → See also action noun
[C] (also Act) LAW a law or formal decision made by a parliament or other group of elected law-makers: The 2010 act, with its requirement for a review of financial controls , has helped drive up the cost of corporate audits by as much as 50%.
be a hard/tough act to follow informal to be so good that it is unlikely that anyone or anything that comes after will be as good: The company could lose momentum without its chief executive , who will be a hard act to follow .
get in on the act informal mainly UK ( US get into the act) to take advantage of or become involved with something that someone else started : There's always a debate in the machine room about the product , long before the marketing men and editors get in on the act.
get your act together informal to organize yourself so that you do things in an effective way: Mr Dinsdale said it was crucial that the Department of Trade & Industry got its act together.
→ See also consolidating act
(Definition of act noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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