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act the maggot
slang Primarily heard in Ireland.
1. To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. Primarily heard in Ireland. If you continue to act the maggot, you're going to have to leave the classroom. Joe never acts the maggot—he's always so serious. Why do you have detention? Please tell me you weren't acting the maggot again.
2. To behave irresponsibly or immaturely, especially in an environment where it is especially inappropriate. Primarily heard in Ireland. Don't let me catch any of you kids acting the maggot at the funeral. We finally get invited to a nice dinner party and you have to go and act the maggot—what's wrong with you? People who've had too much to drink always want to go down to the pier and act the maggot, hollering and carrying on.
gag a maggot
To be strikingly or shockingly disgusting, unappealing, or unattractive. Oh, Lisa's a terrible cook. Any dish she makes would surely gag a maggot! His physique was remarkable, but unfortunately he was cursed with a face that would gag a maggot.
live like a maggot in bacon
To live a life of great ease, comfort, or luxury. The phrase comes from German. Jonathan has always lived like a maggot in bacon, pampered by his wealthy parents from a young age.
A vile, lowly, or contemptible person. I'd rather quit my job than have to take orders from that maggot. Do your research before you level such ugly accusations, you maggot!
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act the maggotbehave in a foolishly playful way. Irish informal
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1. n. a cigarette. (Probably a play on faggot.) Can I bum a maggot off of you?
2. n. a low and wretched person; a vile person. You maggot! Take your hands off me!
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