act the maggot

act the maggot

1. To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. Primarily heard in Ireland. If you continue to act the maggot, you're going to have to leave the classroom. Joe never acts the maggot—he's always so serious.
2. To behave irresponsibly or immaturely, especially in an environment where it is especially inappropriate. Primarily heard in Ireland. Don't let me catch any of you kids acting the maggot at the funeral. We finally get invited to a nice dinner party and you have to go and act the maggot—what's wrong with you?
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act the maggot

behave in a foolishly playful way. Irish informal
See also: act, maggot
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So if you're told, "don't come the raw prawn" imagine they're telling you not to act the maggot - and stop what you're doing immediately.
The fact that we have such a strong panel, why act the maggot by celebrating too much?
THE IRA's method of decommissioning was perfectly transparent - it was a transparent attempt to satisfy everyone except the DUP, who could then be guaranteed to rant, rave and act the maggot.