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phrasal verb [intransitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyact up
he/she/itacts up
present participleacting up
past tenseacted up
past participleacted up
  1. 1
    if children act up, they behave badly

    The kids have been acting up again.

  2. 2
    if a part of your body or a piece of equipment acts up, it starts to become painful or to develop problems

    I hope my back doesn’t start acting up again.

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