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act up

To act up does not mean to give a theatrical performance on a raised stage. I suppose you could compose a sentence in which the word up immediately follows the word act in which act up indicates that the actor is performing on a raised stage, but that’s not the normal usage. To act up […]

act out

If a child misbehaves as a result of repressed feelings, that behavior may be called acting out. Adults sometimes behave the same way, but then it’s not called acting out. Instead, it’s called being an asshole. In addition, when studying a book, student’s may be asked to act out the action rather than just read […]