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adulterous behavior

Actions that bely not only an unfaithfulness to one's spouse, but also a propensity toward deceit and licentiousness in general. I suspect that Ollie has been engaging in adulterous behavior recently. I wonder if his husband has picked up on it.
See also: behavior

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

on one's best behavior

being as polite as possible. When we went out, the children were on their best behavior. I try to be on my best behavior all the time.
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*time off for good behavior

 
1. Lit. a reduction in one's prison sentence because of good behavior. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bob will get out of jail tomorrow rather than next week. He got time off for good behavior.
2. Fig. a shortened time period—such a meeting, period of punishment, school class, etc. (Jocular. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) They let me out of the meeting early. They said I got time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, good, off, time

on your best behavior

not causing any difficulties The two candidates were on their best behavior, giving serious answers to questions from a group of citizens.
Usage notes: usually used to refer to children, but also often used to describe the actions of adults in uncomfortable situations
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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

on one's best behavior

Also, on one's good behavior. Very polite, as in Mother told the children to be on their best behavior during Grandma's visit, or The whole staff were on their good behavior while the client inspected the premises. [Late 1600s]
See also: behavior, on
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In a nutshell: Another one of those romantic dramadies about multiple characters making and breaking unlikely connections with one another - but a lot funnier, nastier and behaviorally acute than most indies.
Tropea found that educators in Washington schools responded to the order by classifying students as behaviorally deficient rather than academically deficient.
Effects of a structured behavior modification treatment program on locus of control in behaviorally disturbed children.
The program enables participants to experience what it is like to function behaviorally in a win-win environment and provides the tools necessary for doing so successfully.
But the years that followed took a much greater toll on behaviorally treated couples, the team found.
Held back by incomplete technology development, brand marketers' preference to have ads appear with relevant content and concerns over violating consumer privacy, eMarketer estimates that US spending for behaviorally targeted online advertising will reach only $775 million in 2008.
School officials have established a ``culture of high expectations,'' both academically and behaviorally, the principal said.
The physician may be behaviorally handicapped because of impairment problems (including the outcomes of chemical, food, sexual, drug, and gambling dependencies), personality problems (sociopathy, transient psychosis, anxiety disorders), psychophysiological disorders (circadian rhythm disease, psychosomatic diseases), learning disabilities (making it difficult to keep up), and emotional problems associated with somatic diseases.
Fiatarone: If the training is done one-on-one or one-on-two, as in our case, and the residents are behaviorally willing to work through the repititions, there is no reason that the moderately cognitively impaired can't benefit.
And contrary to popular lore, the most hyperactive, destructive and behaviorally disturbed delinquents "demonstrated better performance after the sucrose than after the no-sucrose breakfast," they say.
We have become the repository of last resort for all acting out, behaviorally challenged, developmentally disabled (youth) when others don't know how to handle them,'' one administrator wrote.
Even hybrid Africanized bees may remain behaviorally incorrigible, however, and entomologists now discuss with resignation the prospect of learning to live with the intruders.