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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.
2. slang Exciting, entertaining, or thrilling activity. Where can we go in this poky little town to find a little action?
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.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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There is, it is true, one objection which might be felt, not indeed to the action of matter on mind, but to the action of mind on matter.
For that reason, I am ever more convinced of the need for prayer (however we do it) as a means of guiding and sustaining our actions. In the words of a song we often sang, 'It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.'
The Federal Reserve Board announced on September 26, 2005, the termination of the enforcement actions listed below.
Professor Katznelson skillfully documents in this important book that the large, white middle class that we now know was created largely by government actions starting with President Roosevelt's New Deal.
This bill is intended, according to the author, to allow private representative actions resembling the representative actions that the state Labor Department is authorized to bring.
Waiting for federal and state authorities to initiate enforcement actions could lead to extensive delays, however, as such agencies may not be prepared for an onslaught of new cases.
However, members of the Lambeth Commission (which wrote the report) pointed out the specific wording: "We call upon those bishops who believe it is their conscientious duty to intervene in provinces, dioceses and parishes other than their own to express regret for the consequences of their actions." [Italics inserted throughout.]
"NEI indicated that the use of unapproved operator manual actions in the event of a fire is pervasive throughout the industry," noted William D.
* It is not yet clear the extent to which an upcoming Supreme Court decision on contingent fee awards will affect class actions.
At the same time, prominent activity also occurred in so-called premotor brain regions that influence learning of new actions and in two left-brain structures--Broca's area and Wernicke's area--that have long been linked to understanding language.
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An in-depth study of what specific behaviors and actions would create a hostile environment is not within the scope of this article.