in the act

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the act

  1. (idiomatic) In the process of doing something considered criminal or otherwise wrong; used to emphasize the eye-witness evidence.
    She denied it but she had been spotted in the act.
    He was caught in the act in the store after hours.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Most commonly used in forms of the phrase catch in the act, or similar.