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Act Up

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  • Steven, in a cot, put: "Can a man act up?" to canine vets.
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Definition of the verb act up

What does act up mean as a doing phrase?


  1. misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way
  2. make itself felt as a recurring pain
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: ache / hurt / smart = be the source of pain

Alternative definition of the verb act up


  1. [idiomatic] To misbehave; to cause trouble.


"Act Up" is a cataloged instance, composition.


ACT UP: AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS and the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives.

  • written works: "Women, AIDS & Activism"
  • nomination:
    • nominated to Lambda Literary Award for AIDS - "Women, AIDS & Activism"
    • Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement (Obie Award for Sustained Achievement)
  • official website:

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Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (2012)

by David A. Gerstner

ACT UP affected AIDS education, gay rights and women's reproductive rights. Before the 10 December event, ACT UP allied with WHAM! (Women's Health and Action Mobilization) plus several gay, health, religious and education groups.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2005)

ACT UP was committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. Its demands included better access to the recently introduced AZT and lower prices for AIDS drugs, public education regarding AIDS and the prohibition of AIDS-related ...

Google previewAn Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions (2007)

by Ian Stuart-Hamilton

Act up To be awkward and/or refuse to cooperate.* Action See action stations, actions speak louder than words and piece of the action. Action stations A command to be prepared to do something. The phrase is generally used jokingly when ...

Google previewChambers Dictionary Of Phrasal Verbs

act up vi (inf) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (2007)

by Gary L. Anderson, Kathryn G. Herr

ACT UP was the first organized effort to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. The organization has dozens of chapters in the United States and around the world whose purpose is to find a cure to AIDS, while at the same ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Contemporary American Culture (2005)

by Robert Gregg, Gary W. McDonogh, Cindy H. Wong

Through an effective blend of agitprop street theater, massive protests and demonstrations at federal institutions, creative and media-savvy distribution of “ safe-sex” information, and unified anger, ACT UP pushed the US government and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2013)

by Paul Finkelman

Act Up America Online American Anti-Slavery Society American Civil Liberties Union Americans United for Separation of Church and State Amish and Religious Liberty Amnesty International Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Burger ...

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