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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has been criticised for saying older actresses should be content to act their age but he got surprise backing from Meryl Streep.
If nothing else, it should prove popular at high schools and colleges, where young actors will get to act their age.
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?
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.
But for pity's sake, let them be like the men and be allowed to look and act their age.