to act the part

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - act the part

"to act the part"

to appear to be suited for a particular situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - act the part

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I really appreciate you teaching me how to rock climb.

Friend 2:  No problem.  My pleasure.  It'll be fun.  First, we need to get you dressed for the adventure. 

Friend 1:  I suppose that, even though I know nothing about the sport, I can act the part.

Friend 2:  Having the necessary gear is a great start.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - act the part

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What did you think of the play last night?

Friend 2:  It was interesting to see a spy thriller on stage. I'm not sure the female lead knew what she was doing.

Friend 1:  But she certainly acted the part when she was stealing those top secret documents.

Friend 2:  True. She did look like a burglar.

to act the part - Usage:


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to act the part - Gerund Form:

Acting the part, the man went to a job interview with confidence.

to act the part - Examples:

1)  And last but not least, make sure you act the part. Dress properly for the interview, ensure you are smartly dressed, and look ...

2)  You need to act the part and make an original and lasting impression on those that see you perform.

3)  ... isn't going to cut it as a carry-on. In order to act the part and garner the respect that you deserve, you are going to need quality bags ...

4)  ... if the other person continues to attack they begin to look foolish, act the part of a bully, and now are losing face.

5)  From shoes to sunglasses you will need to act the part if you want to rock up on a beach anytime soon.

6)  Most of the materials on the dash act the part, especially on the higher-spec Titanium versions we drove.

7)  Whether my efforts are in vain or my bits and bobs will actually act the part, I hope that being a DIY Bride will pay off.

8)  Whatever level you're playing at, it's important you act the part and have a decent kit.

9)  Getting back to Farrell, he really acts the part of a manager. Square chin, good body-language, big guy, looks in ...

10)  ... sunlit yard of Juarez prison, arms tattooed, head shaved, he acts the part of a ruthless cartel foot soldier.

11)  ... that his ancestry was "pure Aryan." He acted the part. He had blond curls, blue eyes, fair skin, ...

12)  ... the pros I came into contact with were true gentlemen. They always acted the part and acted the part.

13)  Taylor acted the part... but you can't expect a novice to win games like this.

14)  But no question, Brosnan acted the part and did a fine job in Goldeneye.

15)  He not only acted the part but delivered a polished routine to Frank Sinatra's New York New York.

16)  Michael Clarke was hired on the spot for just acting the part. Clarke didn't know how to play the drums, but that didn't ...

17)  Vancouver tends to be about the show. Acting the part. I've had countless friends leave and none have returned.

18)  Clothes: For me acting the part made the experience of a Safari that much more exciting.

19)  We leave to go shopping downtown, Ferguson acting the part in a huge burgundy fedora. Her people suggest high-class Fifth Avenue.

20)  ... as thoroughly prepared as possible and by acting the part -- wearing an outfit for example that exudes self-confidence even when it's hanging in ...