One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or an act of translating something into action; (Psychoanalysis) the action or an act of expressing repressed or unconscious feelings in overt behaviour. Compare to act out.
2The action of behaving badly or antisocially as a deliberate response to an unwelcome or distressing situation. Compare to act out.
Mid 19th century. From acting + out, after to act out.
acting out/ˌaktɪŋ ˈaʊt/
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