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To behave badly - thesaurus

Synonyms

misbehave

verb

if a child misbehaves, or if they misbehave themselves, they behave badly and annoy or upset people

play up

British if children play up or play someone up, they behave badly in a way that they think is funny

presume

verb

to act as though you have the right to behave in a particular way when you do not

descend to

to start behaving in a bad way

go too far

to behave in a way that is unreasonable

relapse

verb

to return to your previous character or behaviour

make an exhibition of yourself

to behave badly in public.

try it on (with someone)

to behave badly in order to see how annoying or unreasonable you can be before someone becomes angry

not do yourself any favours

to not behave in a way that will help you or get you an advantage

be at it

if someone is at it, they are doing something that you do not approve of

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act up

if children act up, they behave badly

have the hide to do something

to be brave enough or rude enough to do something

kick over the traces

to behave badly, or to do things that other people do not approve of

relapse

noun

a return to your previous character or behaviour, especially a bad one

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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