Definition of in action in English:

in action


  • In operation; working.

    ‘watching him in action, normal workers are left in awe’
    • ‘To bring a case to court, an officer would have had to have witnessed vandals in action, he said.’
    • ‘Robert Sangster brought him over to Europe to give us all a chance to have a look at him in action.’
    • ‘Both he and Grant were in action in a sprint relay race where the British B-team beat the A squad.’
    • ‘An upset stomach stopped him from training on Tuesday and Wednesday but he is back in action now.’
    • ‘No games were played during the summer, when the county teams were in action.’
    • ‘Wartime Britain was supposed to be the epitome of socialist planning in action.’
    • ‘I wasn't even allowed to take a closer look, let alone photograph the machine in action.’
    • ‘A visitor centre was also added to the design, to provide a vantage point to view the wheel in action.’
    • ‘A lot of our own senior players could do with going to watch this young man in action.’
    • ‘I explained to the people who didn't like me that this was democracy in action.’
    • ‘Seeing the dancers and musicians in action there last weekend was a revelation.’
    • ‘Parliament has voted and we all know that when parliament votes that is democracy in action isn't it?’
    • ‘Cheesy some of it may be, but there's a genuine thrill to be had from seeing this pampered pop icon in action.’
    • ‘David has another five weeks to get through and then he expects to be back in action.’
    • ‘So it was a relief to finally see him back in action again last night and he happily reported no after effects.’
    • ‘It's pretty hard to say who starts as favourite as we have not seen Team New Zealand in action yet.’
    • ‘Teachers from Italy and Finland have been in town all week to see Grange Junior School in action.’
    • ‘Yet it is another horse who was in action at Aintree last week who threatens to take centre stage on Saturday.’
    • ‘I can remember as a child going to the old town park hoping to find one of the swings in action.’
    • ‘Perhaps the single most important factor, however, is seeing it in action first.’
    functioning, working, running, up and running, operative, in use, going
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