act the goat

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act the goat

To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. Joe never acts the goat—he's always serious. If you continue to act the goat, you're going to have to leave the classroom.
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act the goat

BRITISH, INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone acts the goat, they behave in a silly way. A bunch of football fans were acting the goat and we moved to get away from them. Note: Goats are often associated with unpredictable behaviour.
See also: act, goat

act/play the ˈgoat

(informal) deliberately behave in a silly or foolish way: Stop acting the goat or I’ll send you out. I’m warning you.
See also: act, goat, play
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Fancied at Ascot first time up, he acted the goat on his way to the start and blew his chance.
Chubby, who was filmed for the video at Newcastle City Hall wearing his trademark multicoloured suit and flying helmet, admits: "I'm not a singer really, but at least I danced about a bit and acted the goat.
Because a couple of guys acted the goat, everybody gets hammered.
He acted the goat on his way to the start at Ascot but won at Haydock a week later.