play the goat

play the goat

To behave comically or playfully, often to amuse others. Joe never plays the goat—he's always serious. If you continue to play the goat, you're going to have to leave the classroom.
See also: goat, play

play (or act) the (giddy) goat

fool around; act irresponsibly. informal
See also: goat, play

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.
See also: act, goat, play
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It's unbecoming for them to clown and play the goat at the end of a news segment.
Europe's reaction to this new reality brings to mind Stevie, the heroine from Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
This was the opening night of play The Goat. I played an old friend of Damian's, who confesses to me that he's having an affair with a goat, as you do.
This was the opening night of the play The Goat My character was an old school friend of Damian's, and he confesses to me that he's been having an affair with a goat, as you do.
TALKING MUSIC: legend etty o ive t Tom Robinson, of 2-4-6-8 Motorway fame, plays at the Space Theatre next Friday while Americana band Spirit Family Reunion play the Goat's Toe the following night.
Also in May, American playwright Edward Albee visited Bulgaria for preparations for his play The Goat or Who is Sylvia.
"In the play the goat says, 'What can't man extend his compassion to?' This idea that the audience can not only care about the human characters, but care about this goat that's not even a goat, just a mock-up of a goat--that is hugely comforting for what our potential is."
Staged at London's Almeida Theatre, it will be the British premiere of Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, which is subtitled Who Is Sylvia?