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act up

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

to behave badly: The little girl was acting up, so her mother took her out of the restaurant.

act up

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

to operate badly: My car is acting up again - I don't know what's wrong with it.

act up

phrasal verb with act us   /ækt/ verb
  • (BECOME ACTIVE)

to become active: Her allergies acted up when she went hiking in the woods.
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