Definition of in the act of in English:

in the act of

phrase

  • In the process of.

    ‘they photographed him in the act of reading other people's mail’
    • ‘One of his favourite stories is of the day when he caught some villains in the act of shooting with an air gun at his beehives in the Pheasantry Garden of Bushy Park.’
    • ‘It's just about the most perfect picture of someone in the act of blogging I've ever seen.’
    • ‘I react to what I read, both in the act of reading and when I have finished a particular work.’
    • ‘Cllr Denwood says she is urging city officials to prosecute anyone caught in the act of dumping rubbish illegally.’
    • ‘I think that the kids caught in the act of vandalism or anything criminal should be handcuffed and taken to the police station.’
    • ‘I paused in the act of buffing my expensively manicured toenails, startled.’
    • ‘Mr Ishaq also revealed that discussions had been held about the possibility of seizing the cars of litterbugs caught in the act of flytipping.’
    • ‘He moved closer to the nearest capital to inspect its carving, a vigorous Romanesque scene of a monkey in the act of winding up a crossbow.’
    • ‘Just as we went to press last night, our staff members caught two men in the act of removing the cameras.’
    • ‘Yet, this does not explain what is at stake in the act of witnessing.’
    • ‘Visually stunning, the film also constantly reminds us we're in the act of watching a movie.’
    • ‘It is just a shame that Cllr Hudson has nothing better to do than try to catch his fellow councillors in the act of helping out in the community.’
    • ‘Last month a couple returned to their Aughan Park home to disturb an intruder in the act of robbing their house.’
    • ‘There he suddenly was, forever captured in the act of reading my words of love to my fiancé, Alexander.’
    • ‘The Norwegian made an impressive amount of ground to get there and tweaked his hamstring in the act of stretching for the ball.’
    • ‘Actually being in the act of changing a wheel, providing a copy of a spares receipt are another couple of good things to back up your assertions.’
    • ‘His wife smelt something burning and went to investigate, only to find him in the act of now setting the room on fire.’
    • ‘A defining moment came on the stroke of half time, when a compelling sequence saw the last man tackled into touch in the act of scoring.’
    • ‘Police believe he was in the act of transporting the bomb for paramilitary use when it blew up.’
    • ‘Why should they benefit from the protection of individual rights when they are in the act of violating another's rights?’