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act out

phrasal verb with act  us   /ækt/ verb
  • (BEHAVE BADLY)

to ​behavebadly because you are ​unhappy or ​upset, often in ​ways that you are not ​aware of: These ​kids act out because ​theirlives are a ​mess.
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