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.
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Act your age!

Behave more maturely! (A rebuke for someone who is acting childish. Often said to a child who is acting like an even younger child.) Child: Aw, come on! Let me see your book! Mary: Be quiet and act your age. Don't be such a baby!
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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).
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act your age

If you tell someone to act their age, you are telling them to behave in a way that is suitable for their age, because they are behaving in a childish way. One patient complained that the nurse had told her: `Act your age and pull yourself together.' Note: This expression is used to express disapproval of someone's behaviour.
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act your age

behave in a manner appropriate to your age and not to someone much younger.
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ˌact/ˌbe your ˈage

(informal) (often used as a command) stop behaving like a child: You’re behaving like a couple of kids. Act your age!
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act your age

Don’t be childish or act foolish. This admonition appears to date from the 1920s. “Be your age” is the caption of a 1925 New Yorker cartoon; “act your age” appears in a 1932 issue of American Speech, a journal that chronicles current usage.
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Meanwhile, other fans defended the singer and noted that he should be left alone to act his age. They also remarked that Wizkid's first video 'Holla at your boy's had a similar playful pattern.
Brendan Fraser fails to act his age in an irksomely quirky comedy.
So is Tom Jones, below left, the original medallion man, the boyo from nowhere, finally beginning to act his age? Certainly not!
Who will tell the fool He should act his age? For his foolish love will only ever Bring him pain.
This - and some of his recent clothing choices (includinga baseball cap)-- has been part of a campaign to try and make him more trendy.The disappearance of his album has shown this to be a failure,and record company bosses have instructed the star to act his age.
She said the age-gap didn't bother her at first because he didn't act his age.
PRIMAL Scream's Mani clearly forgot how to act his age - and got arrested by cops for being drunk and disorderly at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.
Welsh fans will have their first chance to decide whether Tom Jones is starting to act his age, not his shoe size, when he plays the capital this year.
Either big, blonde Hotlegs is for the high jump, or she'll be grounded until she learns to act his age.
AUSSIE swimmer Ian Thorpe will not be offended if his rivals tell him to act his age and not his shoe size.
After a decade of turning up come rain or shine and a reminder from me that he should act his age he finally hung up his boots last year when he realised half the team were young enough to be his sons.