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ape (someone's) behavior

To mimic the behavior of someone, generally in a mocking or derisive manner. It is pretty standard now for comedians to ape the president's behavior and manner of speech.
See also: ape, behavior

be on (one's) good behavior

To be very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

be on (one's) best behavior

To be very polite or exercise exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your best behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their best behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, on

on (one's) good behavior

Being very polite or exercising exceptionally good manners. Primarily heard in US. Now, you kids must be on your good behavior for your Auntie this weekend! Good morning, class. I hope everyone was on their good behavior for the substitute teacher yesterday.
See also: behavior, good, on

be on your best behaviour

  (British & Australian) also be on your best behavior (American & Australian)
to behave very well, usually because you are in an important or formal situation Now children, I want you all to be on your best behaviour when grandma arrives.
See also: behaviour, on
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1) ) Torston Weisel, President of Rockefeller University, "Genetics and Behaviour," Science, p.
Sex Hormones and Lesbian and Heterosexual Women," Hormones and Behaviour 21 (1987), pp.
3 Bearing Witness: Challenging Behaviour and its Contribution to Trauma and Vicarious Trauma.
The Diagnosis of Deaf People with Challenging Behaviour.
Neuropsychological, Behavioural and Linguistic Factors in Challenging Behaviour in Deaf People.
Psychodynamic Approaches to Understanding Challenging Behaviour.