act out

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. attacking people

b. helping people

c. amusing people

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