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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has been criticised for saying older actresses should be content to act their age but he got surprise backing from Meryl Streep.
Neither of the dogs act their age and they still love their walks - they both still have lots of life in them and will be a great addition to the right home.
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?
We know most actress do not get along much with each other but it's a welcome change to see that Sri is among those senior actresses who know how to act their age.
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.