act your 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

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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Several members of 3rd Stage also go to (Don't) Act Your Age, LBT's drama group for the over- 50s.
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If you do not act your age others will perceive you differently; if you act your age then do not be surprised how others perceive you.
All I can say is grow up and act your age. However, if you really can't control your cruel side, then at least save it for adults - ones that have the capacity to fight back.
"You're a sad old bag who can't act your age", stormed Scott's step-sister, Kelly.
Time she took some sage advice from that great Brits per former Prince, who once sang: "Act your age, not your shoe size, honey."