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act out

Meaning: If you act out, you express your feelings through acts or words.

Synonym: express

For example:

  • act out sth Jim often gets into trouble because he acts out his emotions without thinking about the consequences.

  • act sth out We can all have violent thoughts and aggressive feelings sometimes, but society doesn't usually allow us to act them out.

Quick Quiz:

George had strong feelings of anger, and he acted them out by
  1. attacking people
  2. helping people
  3. amusing people

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