act one's 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.
See also: act, age

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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has been criticised for saying older actresses should be content to act their age but he got surprise backing from Meryl Streep.
If nothing else, it should prove popular at high schools and colleges, where young actors will get to act their age.
When do these women who have lived their lives being the envy of women, and the fantasy of men, realise that actually, they need to act their age and cover up just a little bit?
Secondly Moseley Golf club could grow up, act their age not their shoe size, and return the land upon which they want to build a practise hole back to allotments.
Despite several attempts to get them to act their age, the unions representing the State Police and the Highway Patrol just haven't been able to get along.
This show meets the families inflicted by a shameful oldie, and films their attempts to make them act their age.
He and indeed Colleen should forget about the whole thing for a while and just act their age.
At Glamour Girls, they can act their age as this place was designed just for them.
But for pity's sake, let them be like the men and be allowed to look and act their age.