act out

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to act out (phrasal verb)

  1. (idiomatic) To go through the process of a scene from a play, a charade or a pointless exercise.
    Despite already being aware, he will act out the pretence of a surprise.
  2. (idiomatic) To express one's feelings through disruptive actions.
    I know you're angry, but you can't act out and break dishes like that.

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