suit the action to the word

suit the action to the word

To follow through with actions that one talks about or intends to do. So far, China has been the only country to suit the action to the word when it comes to reducing the effects of climate change.
See also: action, suit, word

suit the action to the word

carry out your stated intentions at once.
The expression comes from the scene in Hamlet in which a troupe of actors arrive to present a play to the king and queen. Hamlet instructs them to ‘suit the action to the word, the word to the action’.
See also: action, suit, word
References in classic literature ?
"Then," replied Michel Ardan, ready to suit the action to the word, "let us put our heads down and our feet in the air, like the clowns in the grand circus."
But these incarnations, produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, while prompted by the original text, "suit the action to the word, the word to the action," to quote Shakespeare.
* Suit the action to the word. The goal established, the process can be tailored to it.
As she argues, the early modern period saw the birth of the aesthetic ideal of verisimilitude, the need to "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action" (8-9): Hamlet himself famously ridicules cycle drama when he states he would have a fellow whipped for "o'erdoing Termagant.
"It was Hamlet who said: 'Suit the action to the word and the word to the action'.
Complete with a detailed chronology that parallels world events with Olivier's career, this title takes a human look at an icon that dominated the entertainment world for over fifty years, a dreamer--who like the Danish prince he played many years ago--could suit the action to the word, the word to the action.