Played the goat - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
play (or act) the (giddy) goat fool around; act irresponsibly. informal
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.
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Michael Dunigan rallied the Express in the fourth period but also played the goat
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