Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

act up

act up
Meaning(s)
1) (of a person) behave poorly or inappropriately, (of a thing) fail to function properly
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • my phone/computer is acting up at the moment
  • Analysis

    This phrasal verb relates to behaviour or function, whether it is about people or technology. If someone is 'acting up', they are probably misbehaving or disobeying instructions; and if a machine or anything mechanical or electrical, for example, doesn't work properly, you might say that it's 'acting up': "I don't know what's wrong with my computer. It's really acting up this morning. I think I'll just restart it." You can use this phrasal verb in any context, social or professional.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My car was acting up this morning so I had to take the bus to work.
    2. John has been ruled out of the match because his knee began to act up after training yesterday.
    3. My little brother always acts up when he gets bored, which can be very embarrassing if we're in public.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My computer acted up again this morning. The IT Department are sending someone over to try and fix the problem once and for all.
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