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action

1. slang Some activity or its beneficial outcome. Usually used in the phrase "a piece/share of the action." Even though he does the least amount of work, Tom always gets the biggest piece of the action when the profits start to roll in. Once Sarah heard that Mel was starting a new software company, she decided she wanted a piece of the action and asked to be his business partner. I heard you guys are charging people for access to our research. I think I'm entitled to a bit of the action!
2. slang Exciting, entertaining, or thrilling activity. Where can we go in this poky little town to find a little action? If you get arrested again while "looking for some action," I'm not going to be the one to pick you up from the police station, got it? Please, you'd have to go into the city for some action on a Friday night.
3. slang Sexual activity. We were all out for a fun night of dancing, but I could tell Sarah was on the prowl to find a bit of action with a hot guy. I've been on three dates with this girl, but I still haven't gotten any action. Yes, he does seem nice, but he's also a dude in college—they're always trying to get some action above all else.
4. slang Criminal activity, especially in some illegal commerce. All the action was in Miami for a few years due to the volume of cocaine coming in each day. There must have been a lot of action in the neighborhood last night because there are cop cars everywhere! If you want to make some serious dough, you need to go where the action is—the docks of New York City.
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action

1. n. excitement; activity in general; whatever is happening. This place is dull. I want some action!
2. n. a share of something; a share of the winnings or of the booty. (see also piece (of the action).) I did my share of the work, and I want my share of the action.
3. n. sex; copulation. All those guys are just trying for a little action.
4. n. illegal activity; commerce in drugs; acts of crime. (Underworld.) Things have been a little slow here, but there’s some action on the East Coast.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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