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Meaning of "acting up" #1 (permalink) Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:29 am   Meaning of "acting up"
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #88 "Common English Errors (4)", question 2

If my back starts ........., I can't go anywhere with you next week.

(a) acting out
(b) performing
(c) acting up
(d) becoming bad

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #88 "Common English Errors (4)", answer 2

If my back starts acting up, I can't go anywhere with you next week.

Correct answer: (c) acting up

Your answer was: incorrect
If my back starts becoming bad, I can't go anywhere with you next week.
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please kindly explain to me why is "acting up" here?
what does it mean?

many thanks

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Meaning of "acting up" #2 (permalink) Mon Jul 03, 2006 13:52 pm   Meaning of "acting up"
 

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To act up = make itself felt as a recurring pain.
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Meaning of "acting up" #3 (permalink) Tue Jul 07, 2009 16:39 pm   Meaning of "acting up"
 

Hi!

What can we say instead of 'becoming bad'? Is there no such thing as 'becoming bad'?

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Meaning of "acting up" #4 (permalink) Tue Jul 07, 2009 22:52 pm   Meaning of "acting up"
 

'Becoming bad' could work in some sentence, perhaps, but it is not a usual formation. 'Worsening'?
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Meaning of "acting up" #5 (permalink) Wed May 30, 2012 11:57 am   Meaning of "acting up"
 

Is the "to act up" is iddium
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Meaning of "acting up" #6 (permalink) Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:55 am   Meaning of "acting up"
 

So the only one that will fit to the question is acting up?
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Meaning of "acting up" #7 (permalink) Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:52 am   Meaning of "acting up"
 

From the options there, yes.
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Meaning of "acting up" #8 (permalink) Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:31 am   Meaning of "acting up"
 

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