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To behave badly - synonyms or related words



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

play up


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



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



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


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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