act up to (something)

act up to (something)

To act in a manner that equals or fulfills what has been promised, suggested, or expected of someone or something. So far, the politician has not acted up to the promises made during her election campaign. He never shies away from doling out advice, but he rarely acts up to his own prescribed codes of conduct. I always acted up to my parents' very high expectations of me, but, underneath all the shiny academic awards, I felt empty inside.
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