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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.
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.
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.
References in periodicals archive
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
We sang silly songs and acted the goat
, plonking out tunes on an old piano.
"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.