in on the act
*in on the act
Fig. involved in something with someone else. (Often refers to an unwelcome attempt to join someone's performance. *Typically: be ~; get ~; let Someone ~.) Everybody wants to get in on the act. Why are you trying to get in on the act?
in on the actINFORMAL
If you are in on the act, you are involved in or taking advantage of something that is also being done by other people. The authorities knew they couldn't control this trading because all their officials were in on the act too. Note: You can say that someone gets in on the act when they start to be involved in an activity. Other verbs, such as come or muscle are sometimes used instead of get. In the 1970s Kodak, anxious to get in on the act, launched its own instant camera.
in on the actinvolved in a particular activity in order to gain profit or advantage. informal
1997 What Cellphone Conference calls are becoming big business for the fixed-line operators, and now there are signs that the mobile networks are getting in on the act.