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1(of a thing) fail to function properly.‘the plane's engine was acting up’
malfunction, crash, develop a fault, go wrong, break down, give out, stall, be defective, be faulty, fail, cease to function, cease to work, stop workingView synonyms
- ‘Alas, the desktop computer which was acting up before I'd left has now failed again.’
- ‘A few weeks back I mentioned that the gear box in the car was acting up a bit, earlier today it went kaput.’
- ‘The back still acts up now and again, but the diet at least makes it possible to swing the club - and he has lost 20 lb in weight.’
- ‘I don't think psychologists have to deal with their own computers when they start to act up.’
- ‘My leg was acting up, painful and disobedient, but no more than it has a hundred times before.’
- ‘Her right knee was acting up a bit from soccer the day before, and besides, she just didn't feel like it.’
- ‘My PC has been acting up badly for the past month.’
- ‘Then again, my body did like to pick the wrong times to start acting up.’
- ‘I think the service is messed up here, it was acting up before the phone broke.’
- ‘For instance, this morning I wanted to print some details for Mike and Joan's travel insurance and the printer started to act up, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.’
- ‘‘The gearbox started acting up real early in the race, and we didn't think that we would make it,’ said Macaluso.’
- ‘Later I learned that he had thought I was having a problem with the gauge, which had been acting up a few weeks earlier.’
- ‘Their Internet connection is acting up, so I mucked about and deduced that either Shaw is having issues or stranger things are afoot, then promptly fell asleep.’
- ‘A couple of weeks ago it started acting up: even after leaving it all night to charge, it sometimes doesn't charge at all.’
- ‘My modem is acting up so it took forever to log on, shades of things to come.’
- ‘I reckon I covered a mile before my legs started to act up.’
- ‘No point in fighting it, though I do think it strange that both this and the preceding two monitors started acting up within a couple of months of the end of the guarantee.’
- ‘But the record player, which has been acting up for months now, wheezed a few breaths before officially dying.’
- ‘The laptop computer that we have been using for performing pulmonary function tests had been acting up lately, overheating and shutting itself off.’
- ‘Fortunately I had cut a new CD-Rom backup only the day before the system started acting up so all is not lost.’
- 1.1 (of a person) misbehave.
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