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ACT US English

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act US English

Take action; do something

act US Thesaurus

the government must act to remedy the situation

play the fool US English

Behave in a playful or silly way

be unable to punch one's way out of a paper bag US English

Be completely ineffectual or inept at the specified activity

act up US English

(Of a thing) fail to function properly

act out US English

Misbehave, especially when unhappy or stressed

sex act US English

Any sexual act

class act US English

A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence

Riot Act US English

A law passed by the British government in 1715 and repealed in 1967, designed to prevent civil disorder. The act made it a felony for an assembly of more than twelve people to refuse to disperse after being ordered to do so and having been read a specified section of the act by lawful authority

Stamp Act US English

An act of the British Parliament in 1756 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents. Colonial opposition led to the act’s repeal in 1766 and helped encourage the revolutionary movement against the British Crown

Test Act US English

(In the UK) an act in force between 1673 and 1828 that made an oath of allegiance to the Church of England and the supremacy of the monarch as its head and repudiation of the doctrine of transubstantiation a condition of eligibility for public office

double act US English

A performance involving two people

public act US English

An act of legislation affecting the public as a whole

Reform Act US English

An act framed to amend the system of parliamentary representation, especially any of those introduced in Britain during the 19th century

speech act US English

An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect

act of God US English

An instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims)

balancing act US English

An action or activity that requires a delicate balance between different situations or requirements

enabling act US English

A statute empowering a person or body to take certain action, especially to make regulations, rules, or orders

Homestead Act US English

See homestead.

juggling act US English

An attempt to deal with several conflicting situations, requirements, or pressures at the same time

Volstead Act US English

A law that enforced alcohol prohibition in the US during 1920–33

act of grace US English

A privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right

act of state US English

An act passed by the executive power of a state, typically one relating to foreign affairs or foreign citizens

act one's age US English

Behave in a manner appropriate to someone of one’s age and not to someone much younger

Old Pals Act US English

Used humorously to imply that someone is using a position of influence to help their friends

act the part US English

Behave in a way appropriate to the particular role or situation that one is in

Toleration Act US English

An act of 1689 granting freedom of worship to dissenters (excluding Roman Catholics and Unitarians) on certain conditions. Its real purpose was to unite all Protestants under William III against the deposed Roman Catholic James II

disappearing act US English

An instance of someone being impossible to find, especially when they are required to face something unpleasant

Union, Act of US English

(In British history) either of the parliamentary acts by which the countries of the United Kingdom were brought together as a political whole. By the first Act of Union (1707) Scotland was joined with England to form Great Britain. The second Act of Union (1801) established the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Wales had been incorporated with England in 1536

in the act of US English

In the process of

act of contrition US English

(In the Roman Catholic Church) a penitential prayer

Settlement, Act of US English

A statute of 1701 that vested the British Crown in Sophia of Hanover (granddaughter of James I of England and VI of Scotland) and her Protestant heirs, so excluding Roman Catholics, including the Stuarts, from the succession. Sophia’s son became George I. The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) removed the ban on a person married to a Roman Catholic succeeding to the Crown

Succession, Act of US English

(In English history) each of three Acts of Parliament passed during the reign of Henry VIII regarding the succession of his children

Supremacy, Act of US English

(In English history) either of two Acts of Parliament of 1534 and 1559 (particularly the former), which established Henry VIII and Elizabeth I as supreme heads of the Church of England and excluded the authority of the Pope

Uniformity, Act of US English

(In British history) any of four acts (especially that of 1662) establishing the foundations of the English Protestant Church and securing uniformity in public worship and use of a particular Book of Common Prayer

clean up one's act US English

Behave in a more acceptable manner

Official Secrets Act US English

(In the UK) the legislation that controls access to confidential information important for national security

Posse Comitatus Act US English

A federal statute prohibiting use of the military in civilian law enforcement

Single European Act US English

A treaty providing for the establishment of a single European market from 1 January 1993, and giving greater powers to the European Parliament. It came into force on 1 July 1987

get one's act together US English

Organize oneself in the manner required in order to achieve something

get in on the act US English

Become or be involved in a particular activity, in order to gain profit or advantage

a tough act to follow US English

An achievement or performance that sets a standard regarded as being difficult for others to measure up to

catch someone in the act US English

Surprise someone in the process of doing something wrong

Digital Millennium Copyright Act US English

A 1998 US law intended to update copyright law for electronic commerce and electronic content providers. It criminalizes the circumvention of electronic and digital copyright protection systems

read someone the Riot Act US English

Give someone a strong warning that they must improve their behavior

bill of attainder US English

An item of legislation (prohibited by the US Constitution) that inflicts attainder without judicial process

class act in class US English

A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence

outact US English

Surpass (someone) in acting or performing something

overact US English

(Of an actor) act a role in an exaggerated manner

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