act one's age

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act one's age

Behave more maturely. Although the phrase often is used in asking children to act in a more grown-up fashion ( Only babies suck their thumbs; act your age), it also may refer to an adult who is, sometimes deliberately, acting much younger than might be considered appropriate ( Grandpa, it's time you stopped climbing ladders and acted your age).
See also: act, age
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It's particularly hard to want to act your age when the media portrayal is different in comparison to what ones youth should actually comprise of.
At my age my fashion sense has long since departed Don't wind me up, don't get me started A grown man in a baby romper suit, Whoever designed it deserves the boot I hear they are supposed to be all the rage, But come on fellas, act your age Next thing you know we'll be donning smocks, Putting on kilts just like the Jocks All this for me is way too much On a par with watching ballet, Strictly Come Dancing and such It really is a bridge too far The very idea of it is making me jar Lads, let's all make a pact, Promise me not to wear clothes like that We have to stand firm and hold our ground, We are men, we are proud So if you got a 'onesie' from your partner as a Christmas pressie, Don't you dare wear it, not on your nelly If she insists, then give her the welly.
The theatre is offering daytime activities with the return of two popular projects, 3rd Stage and (Don't) Act Your Age.
Several members of 3rd Stage also go to (Don't) Act Your Age, LBT's drama group for the over- 50s.
If you do not act your age others will perceive you differently; if you act your age then do not be surprised how others perceive you.
But the real joke is that Posh told Ana: "Go, get some clothes on and act your age.