act your age


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act (one's) age

To act in accordance with one's expected level of maturity. Really, John, act your age a little, you're like a child sometimes. I'm glad that Sarah is so committed to her studies, but sometimes I wish she would act her age and go out with friends a bit.
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act your age

If you tell someone to act their age, you are telling them to behave in a way that is suitable for their age, because they are behaving in a childish way. One patient complained that the nurse had told her: `Act your age and pull yourself together.' Note: This expression is used to express disapproval of someone's behaviour.
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.