Definition of get (or be) in on the act in US English:

get (or be) in on the act

phrase

informal
  • Become or be involved in a particular activity, in order to gain profit or advantage.

    • ‘The third-level institutions also got in on the act, signing the bilateral agreements that are worth an estimated €31.4 million to the Irish economy.’
    • ‘He saw that direct banking was the future and he thought it essential that the company was in on the act.’
    • ‘His parents were acrobats in vaudeville, and by the time he was three, Buster was in on the act.’
    • ‘And libraries have also been getting in on the act with book quizzes and other activities to help youngsters experience the magic of reading.’
    • ‘Britney, Madonna, All Saints and other girlie bands and magazines then got in on the act and a new tradition was born.’
    • ‘Even the Prime Minister got in on the act, telling the band that the country had never wanted them to come and hoped they would never come back.’
    • ‘One member said: ‘He has not got involved at all with this and just wants to get in on the act for publicity purposes to make it look as though he has helped resolve it.’’
    • ‘With the game well in hand, a pair of freshmen got in on the act as safety Zurisko and defensive end Figore scored defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter at Veterans Memorial Field.’
    • ‘The English aristocracy got in on the act during the Tudor period when a three-storey treehouse and banqueting hall was built in the branches of a linden tree at Cobham Hall in Kent.’
    • ‘Cole and opposite number Hughes exchanged penalties before Parsons got in on the act again to give his side a 23-3 half-time lead.’
    • ‘Nevermind that newspapers got in on the act of turning unsubstantiated gossip into an art form, long before TV, radio and the Internet were around.’
    • ‘The prosecutor-general's office, charged under the constitution with ensuring observance of the law in Russia, got in on the act by introducing a number of amendments to the criminal code.’
    • ‘This reporter got in on the act by showing the new and improved card that's less susceptible to forgery.’
    • ‘Even the BBC got in on the act, with a beautifully cheeky gloating graphic that caused more than a few double-takes.’
    • ‘Angry shareholders have also got in on the act - the company is facing potential class-action law suits in America and strong pressure to change its unique corporate-governance structure.’
    • ‘The Mayor, who originally hails from the village, got in on the act also and entertained those present with a few stories.’
    • ‘Liam got in on the act, naturally, and made it 4-0 at half time.’
    • ‘While developers sold bad deals to interstate investors who didn't know Gold Coast values, locals who did know got in on the act.’
    • ‘Women got in on the act as well, becoming standard bearers for their gender and icons to a generation.’
    • ‘The teachers also got in on the act, with Cruella De Ville, Captain Hook and the Wicked Stepsisters taking lessons for the day.’