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get in(to) the act

To join or engage in some activity that others are participating in. Even the well-behaved students started to get in the act and cheer along with the others. The use of slang and memes on social media was once done primarily by younger users, but now companies and brands are getting into the act in an attempt to engage with a broader audience.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get in(to) the act

Fig. to participate in something; to try to be part of whatever is going on. (As if someone were trying to get on stage and participate in a performance.) Everybody wants to get into the act! There is not room here for everyone. I want to get in the act.
See also: act, get
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get into the act

Also, get in the act. Become involved in some activity or venture, as in Everybody wants to get into the act on this offer, or I'm sure his agent plans to get in the act and start negotiations. This expression alludes to inserting oneself into a performance. [Mid-1900s]
See also: act, get
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get into the act

To insert oneself into an ongoing activity, project, or situation.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get into/in the act, to

To thrust oneself into another’s conversation, performance, undertaking, or the like. The term comes from the theater and is analogous to another theatrical cliché, steal someone’s thunder. The American comedian Jimmy Durante popularized it from the 1930s on with his frequent complaint that “Everybody wants to get into the act” (cited by Eric Partridge in his compendium of catchphrases). It no doubt originated years earlier in vaudeville.
See also: get, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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