“Most of my friends from act up did not want me to get involved with David,” Staley says.
Actually, it was act up, and the phrase was silence equals death.
In 1988, I spent an act up weekend in Washington D.C., which was an eye-opening experience for both sides.
However, the activism of groups like act up was beginning to have unforeseen effects.
Kevin Sessums talks to Larry Kramer, act up founder Peter Staley, and comedienne Kate Clinton about how they feel about that.
Did Professor Sykes find any indication of what might have caused the instruments to act up during the landing, Jeff?
She, too, remembered the conversation, but had not strength to act up to the spirit of it.
And I thought I ought to act up to the part her dear brother has given me; and so I have but just escaped a good cuffing.
There is no necessity for that now; only act up to your instructions.
Ladies were generally good judges of such matters, and Brother Spyke felt he could not do better than act up to their opinions.
late 14c., "a thing done," from Old French acte "(official) document," and directly from Latin actus "a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play, act," and actum "a thing done," originally a legal term, both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Greek agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Sanskrit ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" Old Norse aka "to drive;" Middle Irish ag "battle").
Theatrical ("part of a play," 1510s) and legislative (early 15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. Meaning "display of exaggerated behavior" is from 1928. In the act "in the process" is from 1590s, perhaps originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" recorded by 1726.
An act of God is an accident which arises from a cause which operates without interference or aid from man (1 Pars. on Cont. 635); the loss arising wherefrom cannot be guarded against by the ordinary exertions of human skill and prudence so as to prevent its effect. [William Wait, "General Principles of the Law," Albany, 1879]
mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.
To misbehave badly or improperly, esp to impress: Her kids act up all the time (1900+)
a class act, clean up one's act, do the dutch, go into one's act, sister act