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ape (one's) behavior

To mimic the behavior of one, generally in a mocking or derisive manner. It is pretty standard now for comedians to ape the president's behavior and manner of speech. Would you stop aping your little brother's behavior? That's just not nice. The headmaster caught me aping his behavior, and now, I have detention.
See also: ape, behavior

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, best, on

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

get time off for good behavior

To have some amount of time taken off of one's prison sentence as a result of following the rules and not causing any trouble. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but he only served three because he got time off for good behavior. Seeing as this is your first offense, you should be able to get time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, for, get, good, off, time

give (one) time off for good behavior

To reduce one's prison sentence by some amount of time as a result of their following the rules and not causing any trouble. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but the parole board gave him time off for good behavior and allowed him to leave after six. Seeing as this is your first offense, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave you time off for good behavior.
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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

time off for good behavior

An amount of time that is taken off of one's prison sentence as a result of following the rules and not causing any trouble. He served six years of an eight-year sentence, with time off for good behavior. Seeing as this is your first offense, you should be able to get time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, for, good, off, time
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
I believe an "unconscious" desire is merely a causal law of our behaviour,* namely, that we remain restlessly active until a certain state of affairs is realized, when we achieve temporary equilibrium If we know beforehand what this state of affairs is, our desire is conscious; if not, unconscious.
Something closely analogous to knowledge and desire, as regards its effects on behaviour, exists among animals, even where what we call "consciousness" is hard to believe in; something equally analogous exists in ourselves in cases where no trace of "consciousness" can be found.
Sexually transmitted infections and risk behaviours in women who have sex with women.
Characteristics of female sexually transmitted disease clinic clients who report same-sex behaviour. Int J STD AIDS.
Challenging behaviours and severe learning disabilities: Recent developments in behavioural analysis and intervention.
Maintenance and generalization of behaviours after treatment of persons with traumatic brain injury.
"The operations of the brain result from a balance between inputs from heredity and environment -- nature and nurture -- and this balance should always be reflected in research into the biology of behaviour." (1)
However, repeated homosexual behaviour may cause changes in brain structure.