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act British & World English

Take action; do something

ACT British & World English

Advance corporation tax

Act in act British & World English

A written law passed by Parliament, Congress, etc.

play the fool British & World English

Behave in a playful or silly way

act up British & World English

(Of a thing) fail to function properly

sex act British & World English

A sexual act

play-act British & World English

Act in a play

Riot Act British & World English

An Act passed by the British government in 1715 and repealed in 1967, designed to prevent civil disorder.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

class act British & World English

A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence

Stamp Act British & World English

An act regulating stamp duty

Test Act British & World 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

public act British & World English

A law that affects the public as a whole

Reform Act British & World English

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

double act British & World English

A performance involving two people

speech act British & World English

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

act of God British & World English

An instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation

balancing act British & World English

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

enabling act British & World English

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

Volstead Act British & World English

A law which enforced alcohol prohibition in the US 1920–33

juggling act British & World English

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

act of grace British & World English

A privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right

act of state British & World English

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

Toleration Act British & World 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

act up in act British & World English

(Of a thing) fail to function properly

Old Pals Act British & World English

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

act one's age British & World English

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

disappearing act British & World English

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

Union, Act of British & World 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

act the maggot British & World English

Behave in a foolishly playful way

in the act of British & World English

In the process of

act of contrition British & World English

(In the Roman Catholic Church) a penitential prayer

act of attainder British & World English

An item of legislation inflicting attainder without judicial process

Settlement, Act of British & World 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

Supremacy, Act of British & World 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

Succession, Act of British & World English

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

Uniformity, Act of British & World 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

class act in class British & World English

A person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence

Posse Comitatus Act British & World English

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

Single European Act British & World 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

clean up one's act British & World English

Begin to behave in a better way, especially by giving up alcohol, drugs, or illegal activities

Official Secrets Act British & World English

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

get in on the act British & World English

Become (or be) involved in a particular activity, in order to gain an advantage

act one's age in age British & World English

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

act of God in act British & World English

An instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation

act on in act British & World English

Take action according to or in the light of

act as in act British & World English

Fulfil the function or serve the purpose of

get one's act together British & World English

Galvanize oneself into organizing one’s affairs effectively

a hard act to follow British & World English

An achievement or performance which sets a standard regarded as being hard for others to measure up to

act of grace in act British & World English

A privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right

play the fool in fool1 British & World English

Behave in a playful or silly way


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