He did not act as if it was bothering him.
Act like nothing is wrong.
Apparently the horse knew the rider meant business, because it didn't act up again.
One does not dress or act like a lady.
How did he act strangely?
She had to act now.
You just have to act like you already know it.
If he tried to follow a moving automobile, he could sometimes attach himself, if the vehicle was slow or stopped, but the act was tenuous at best.
I know you're hurt but act rationally.
He seemed sincere, but it could have been an act.
Holding this back is the most incredibly selfish act I've ever seen.
We act on it.
Baffled. He really hardly knew her but thinks he's supposed act like he's grieving.
I'll leave the coffee for you and check in later to make sure you haven't decided to act prematurely.
His kiss had been an act of aggression, not passion.
I'm here in one piece, sort of, and you've given me a clean slate to begin act two of my life.
Maybe she could act like she didn't notice it was him.
Adrienne shucked her coat and tried to act nonchalant in spite of the warmth in her cheeks.
Dean tried to remember all the methods he'd been taught to stem panic and act rationally.
The first time I saw him act was while at school in New York.
I'm sorry to have missed act one, but I promise a short intermission before I give act two a try.
Jim was in the act of plunging down the path to escape when the Sawhorse cried out:
Anyway, why do men have to act on every idea that crosses their mind?
It was meant to be the final act of their friendship.
A woman your age ought to be looking for a husband – or already married, not chasing all over creation in pants, trying to act like a man.
Having inspected the country opposite the Shevardino Redoubt, Napoleon pondered a little in silence and then indicated the spots where two batteries should be set up by the morrow to act against the Russian entrenchments, and the places where, in line with them, the field artillery should be placed.
"The vamps have been conducting surveillance on us for weeks, but they just now started to act up," Rainy continued.
So they threw their sabots, a kind of clog shoe, into the machinery to break it—an act that gave us the word sabotage.
How long until he kicked her out of the apartment, the final act of abandonment after disrupting everything in her life?
All that was left was the physical act of being gone.
From the regimental commander's, Denisov rode straight to the staff with a sincere desire to act on this advice.
I am afraid to drink anything that makes men act in that way.
Brandon didn't act much different at the apartment, but he always seemed to end up in the chair beside her at the table.
He did act hesitant about it, but his encouragement sounded sincere.
But if I'm supposed to avoid the subject, don't act like I'm in the middle of some deceitful act when I try.
But if he didn't act, no one walked away from here alive, even her.
Even the simple act of enrolling her in school was a major chore.
You act like you've been shut out of your underworld or your mate made a deal with Darkyn and turned into someone else.
The look of annoyance had already disappeared from Boris' face: having evidently reflected and decided how to act, he very quietly took both Rostov's hands and led him into the next room.
The mere spelling is, of course, no more a conscious act than it is in writing.
When she didn't get her way, she'd cry and act like she was afraid of him.
I don't know what came over me to act that way.
Years of only remembered dreams but now the real act is so much better than fantasying!
In the second act there was scenery representing tombstones, there was a round hole in the canvas to represent the moon, shades were raised over the footlights, and from horns and contrabass came deep notes while many people appeared from right and left wearing black cloaks and holding things like daggers in their hands.
He kept telling himself that he would consider the whole matter and decide what was right and how he should act, but instead of that he only excited himself more and more.
In the fourth act there was some sort of devil who sang waving his arm about, till the boards were withdrawn from under him and he disappeared down below.
We're going to eat before we leave, and you're going to act grateful.
Maybe her "hard to get" act wasn't working, so she was trying something a little more direct.
When the second act was over Countess Bezukhova rose, turned to the Rostovs' box--her whole bosom completely exposed--beckoned the old count with a gloved finger, and paying no attention to those who had entered her box began talking to him with an amiable smile.
The first act was over.
The scene of the third act represented a palace in which many candles were burning and pictures of knights with short beards hung on the walls.
She didn't act like she was afraid of him.
It can sell produce abroad for better rates, give farmers predictability in pricing and flexibility on when to sell, and act as a storehouse against lean times in the future.
Germany viewed the Russian mobilization as an act of war and therefore declared war on Russia.
There is no stopping to read the riot act, no firing over the heads of the mob, in this case.
Her one saving grace was the fact that the next morning he didn't act as though nothing had happened.
"Demons don't act like that," Wynn said then addressed Selyn.
"Demons don't act like that," Wynn said then addressed Selyn.
"What brought you back?" was the next question, and Dorothy's eye rested on an antlered head hanging on the wall just over the fireplace, and caught its lips in the act of moving.
That act is performed.
During this act every time Natasha looked toward the stalls she saw Anatole Kuragin with an arm thrown across the back of his chair, staring at her.
She recalled all her life with him and in every word and act of his found an expression of his love of her.
Before the beginning of the second act Pierre appeared in the stalls.
Westlake practically camps on it and even Pumpkin Green's has gotten in on the act, Dean said.
Expropriation is an act that simultaneously violates two of the three ingredients for prosperity that I have enumerated: private property and rule of law.
However, practically speaking, it sometimes has a corrupting influence on those whom it empowers to act for the state.
I quickly learned that each printed word stood for an object, an act, or a quality.
I do not know why it is, but stories in which animals are made to talk and act like human beings have never appealed to me very strongly.
My only directive to our group was a strong suggestion we act unanimously.
All I could think of was Randy and how lucky we are that he's got his act together in spite of this business with Jen—how much better off he is than Billy— and Jen than Melissa.
Being underground meant he was a much harder target to hit, yet despite his attempts to convince his brother to act likewise, he'd not yet succeeded.
For the other day, when you sat at dinner with your officers, I noticed that the wine made you act queerly.
Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
The lady who was thought to be most pleasing to the Emperor was invited to act as hostess.
The last act affected us most deeply, and we all wept, wondering how the executioner could have the heart to tear the King from his loving wife's arms.
In the diary that she kept at the Wright-Humason School in New York she wrote on October 18, 1894, "I find that I have four things to learn in my school life here, and indeed, in life--to think clearly without hurry or confusion, to love everybody sincerely, to act in everything with the highest motives, and to trust in dear God unhesitatingly."
She would turn her head, smile, and act as though she had heard what was said.
She was familiar with the words of the last sentence, and was delighted when allowed to act them out.
What a sorrowful act must that be--the covering up of wells! coincident with the opening of wells of tears.
It was rude to act this way to hosts who had invited them into their home on such a special occasion.
If you were trying to ask me to marry you, why did you act that way after we...
"If he didn't act, there's a reason," Jilian observed.
As with the underworld, he'd tried to act in a way he thought was best since meeting her.
This act he repeated until all of the nine tiny piglets were visible, and they were so glad to get out of his pocket that they ran around in a very lively manner.
Practically speaking, governments often act as if their first duty is to protect the government, not the people.
The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.
That was the only part of the fourth act that Natasha saw.
Let the dead past bury its dead, Act, act in the living present, Heart within and God overhead.
Go when you please, and I give you my word of honor that no one shall dare to cause you annoyance if only you will allow me to act as your escort.
Of late he had received so many new and very serious impressions--such as the retreat from Smolensk, his visit to Bald Hills, and the recent news of his father's death--and had experienced so many emotions, that for a long time past those memories had not entered his mind, and now that they did, they did not act on him with nearly their former strength.
A happiness lying beyond material forces, outside the material influences that act on man--a happiness of the soul alone, the happiness of loving.
And he knew that he would never act basely.
Ermolov wished to act on his own judgment, but Dokhturov insisted that he must have Kutuzov's instructions.
The tactical rule that an army should act in masses when attacking, and in smaller groups in retreat, unconsciously confirms the truth that the strength of an army depends on its spirit.
And Petya gave the Cossack a detailed account not only of his ride but also of his object, and why he considered it better to risk his life than to act "just anyhow."
The Russian army had to act like a whip to a running animal.
I only pray God that something may happen to me such as happened to Plutarch's men, and I will act as they did.
What force made men act so?
The theory seems irrefutable just because the act of transference of the people's will cannot be verified, for it never occurred.
If the will of every man were free, that is, if each man could act as he pleased, all history would be a series of disconnected incidents.
If in a thousand years even one man in a million could act freely, that is, as he chose, it is evident that one single free act of that man's in violation of the laws governing human action would destroy the possibility of the existence of any laws for the whole of humanity.
In the case of a crime we most urgently demand the punishment for such an act; in the case of a virtuous act we rate its merit most highly.
He didn't act concerned when she told him she had looked at them - not until she questioned the source.
I suppose I do enjoy the work, and I try to act respectful to all our customers.
Just when I start to like you … you know, it's amazing even a man who's thousands of years old can act like a twelve-year-old.
With effort, Deidre hauled herself up onto a branch, wrapped her legs around it in a careful balancing act then stretched upward for the next.
"He doesn't act like it," Deidre said.
She liked to feel the cat purr; and if by chance she felt a dog in the act of barking, she showed great pleasure.
I thought we'd finished with the vicarious act of contrition but no such luck.
Children will enjoy watching the waitresses dance on the counter and act crazy.
Anyway, I only act fifteen, I'm really 19.
Even Quinn seemed to have forgotten his desire to go public in the tension of our impromptu to act.
I am serious and fortunately in a perfect position to act.
It's time for you to act.
He reached out to take the hourglass, grazing her skin in the act.
Neither a hero nor a Good Samaritan, Wynn found himself retreating to the far wall, in case the worst-case scenario happened, and one of the powerful creatures decided to act.
But Kris was right; this was time to think, not act.
The window of her weakness was short, only a week in mortals. time, but long enough for him to act.
He didn't doubt that once she reached her new home and his sisters reminded her how to act, she would be both exquisite and tame.
"I cannot act until I am certain," he said at last, his mood darkening.
Did she act as if she knew the other person?
Please respect the private and public ownership of this property and act in a safe and reasonable manner.
It was stupid of me to lose it and act like a school kid.
Sometimes we just have to act on what we see, don't we?
Maybe being so dizzy is an act with her.
I was reading them the riot act and they weren't believing it any more than they ever do, except for maybe the first-timers.
How did he act when his stepfather had his accident up in the ice park?
Cynthia didn't press him on the point but continued to act very nervous.
Emily would reprimand him, "No brother of mine will act like a savage."
The way he looked him in the eye and tried to act unafraid.
If I promise not to act like a misogynist pig, would you have dinner with me?
Curses, caught in the act.
Skippy must have read her the riot act.
Very much, but like you, she doesn't know how to act.
I cannot believe you would act so irresponsibly.
"Careful there," a deep voice commanded Her concentration during the balancing act had been so focused that she hadn't seen Alex enter the kitchen.
Now Katie was going to think her cupid act was working.
The truth was it was nice having someone even act interested.
"I may need you to act quickly in the near future to interfere," Tim said.
If we don't act, the country will be split by civil war.
Assume you're being tracked as well and act accordingly.
Gods, Rhyn, take a minute to think before you act. What's gotten into you anyway?
Try not to act so happy about protecting us all from demons.
Death wanted him to wait until the bond returned. Darkyn wanted him to act before then. Rhyn didn't understand the battle the two were locked in, but one thing was clear: Katie would need him before the seven days was up.
I suppose any of us might act stupid, given the circumstances.
She scowled at him at first, but then understanding the generosity of his evidently out-of-character act, bowed politely in acknowledgment.
Later, partway through Act I, Dean asked, "Ethel, how come you always have sex with the lights out?"
When they want something, they act like a tank battalion and go get it.
Then, this afternoon, you didn't act or sound like the Jeffrey Byrne everyone described.
We tried to act like an old married couple.
In her erotic thoughts about him, the actual act of undressing had never crossed her mind.
You never act like a fool.
You want to act like an animal?
Jenn did her best to act like everything on her end was the same.
She hesitated then took it, trying not to act too eager to read its secrets.
The Others were getting ready to act against them.
You would be doing me a favor if you were to act against me.
He was too much like Memon not to act against someone he no longer needed.
And I'm ashamed I did not act before now, when it may be too late to counter Sirian.
"Sirian saw this and did not act," she murmured.
In the morning, she would act, and Sirian would never again see the light of day!
She was as weak as he thought her, but she couldn't rest, not when she needed to act.
It moved freely through her body, stealing her strength for its final act against her.
Then I will act tomorrow night.
I killed my cousin when he tried to act against my daughter so long ago and replaced him with a man I trust with all I have.
Vara would do as he asked and saw the ends off the poison-tipped arrows, claim she'd fallen ill, and hide her body in the wagon until it was time to act.
But Sirian was free, which meant whatever his plan was, he would soon have a chance to act.
"We need to act soon," the green-eyed prince urged again.
Someone had to act in Brutus' interest.
Don't act like I'm some kind of control freak.
Socializing didn't require a person to look or act like everyone else.
What made a man act jealous when he had no cause to be?
Why would he act like that?
How could he act that way and claim to love her?
She didn't act upset?
Of course, in captivity animals might not act the same way they did in the wild.
I need to get my act together and take charge of my life.
I know I'm lucky to have someone so concerned about me, but I guess I don't act very grateful sometimes.
Overly aware of his intent scrutiny, Jessi tried to act normal as she pulled a paring knife free from the block of sleek knives and sliced through the lemon.
You act like I'm the one who just appeared in your house.
So because I don't act like everyone else, he noticed me.
The act was out of politeness, because he needed something.
He's capable of great violence, but he doesn't act indiscriminately.
Final causes, vital and mental forces, the soul itself can, if they act at all, only act through the inexorable mechanism of natural laws.
His prestige as a minister, already injured by these two blows, suffered further during the autumn and winter from the cattledriving agitation in Ireland, which he at first feebly criticized and finally strongly denounced, but which his refusal to utilize the Crimes Act made him powerless to stop by the processes of the "ordinary law"; and the scandal arising out of the theft of the Dublin crown jewels in the autumn of 1907 was a further blot on the Irish administration.
His deposition has been ascribed to a formal act of the Witan, but this seems an antedating of constitutional methods and the circumstances point to a palace revolution.
Even with the particles retarding the motion of the aether, the same will be true if, to counterbalance the increased inertia, suitable forces are caused to act on the aether at all points where the inertia is altered.
In 1337 the industry received an impulse from the settlement of a party of Flemish clothiers, and extended so greatly that when it was found necessary in 1566 to appoint by act of parliament deputies to assist the aulnegers, Bolton is named as one of the places where these deputies were to be employed.
It should always be specially noted whether the fungi to be consumed are in a fresh and wholesome condition, otherwise they act as a poison in precisely the same way as does any other semi-putrid vegetable.
The better plan is to discard at once all fungi which have not been gathered from open pastures; by this act alone more than nine-tenths of worthless and poisonous species will be excluded.
from Paris, he had signed an act of submission to the papal decision of 1794.
No act takes effect until ninety days after its passage unless two-thirds of the members of each house specifically order otherwise.
An act for the " reorganization " of the government was passed on the 19th of June.
Application for admission to the Union was now made to Congress, and on the 31st of December 186 2 an enabling act was approved by President Lincoln admitting the state on the condition that a provision for the gradual abolition of slavery be inserted in the Constitution.
The Virginia legislature repealed the act of cession and in 1866 brought suit against West Virginia asking the court to declare the counties a part of Virginia.
But it is more likely, as suggested by Richard Chandler (Life of Waynflete, 1811), that it was some Yorkist attack on him in progress in the papal court, to meet which he appointed next day 19 proctors to act for him.
He was a member of the New York Assembly in 1759-1769, a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, a member of the Continental Congress from 1774 until his death and as such a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and in1777-1778was a member of the first state senate.
It is impossible to make any general law which will work with every particular act and not fail in some circumstances.
A more complete remedy was introduced by the Judicature Act 1873, which consolidated the courts of law and equity, and ordered that law and equity should be administered concurrently according to the rules contained in the 26th section of the act.
Macaulay imputes this reduction to Hastings as a characteristic act of financial immorality; but in truth it had been expressly enjoined by the court of directors, in a despatch dated six months before he took up office.
The Regulating Act, passed by Lord North's ministry in 1773, effected considerable changes in the constitution of the Bengal government.
Hastings was named in the act as governor-general for a term of five years.
The whole tendency of the Regulating Act was to establish for the first time the influence of the crown, or rather of parliament, in Indian affairs.
His original term of five years would have expired in 1778; but it was annually prolonged by special act of parliament until his voluntary resignation.
The directors of the Company were disposed to act upon this resolution; but in the court of proprietors, with whom the decision ultimately lay, Hastings always possessed a sufficient majority.
The act which Pitt successfully carried in the following year introduced a new constitution, in which Hastings felt that he had no place.
Their mother, loving the latter most, avenged his death by murdering her son, and the people, horrified at her act, revolted and murdered both her and King Gorboduc. This legend was the subject of the earliest regular English tragedy which in 1561 was played before Queen Elizabeth in the Inner Temple hall.
He vehemently opposed the persecuting acts now passed - the Corporation Act, the Uniformity Bill, against which he is said to have spoken three hundred times, and the Militia Act.
In accordance with his former action on all questions of religious toleration he opposed the shameful Five Mile Act of 1665.
His support to the Lord Roos Act, ascribed generally to his desire to ingratiate himself with Charles, was no doubt due in part to the fact that his son had married Lord Roos's sister.
The Test Act was now brought forward, and Shaftesbury, who appears to have heard how he had been duped in 1670, supported it, with the object probably of thereby getting rid of Clifford.
Before the prorogation, however, he saw the invaluable Act of Habeas Corpus, which he had carried through parliament, receive the royal assent.
Upon the king's illness in May he held frequent meetings of Monmouth's friends at his house to consider how best to act for the security of the Protestant religion.
The trouble was again revived by the repeal in 1790 of the confirming act 2 Several Scotch-Irish families from Lancaster (disambiguation)|Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, accepted Connecticut titles and settled at Hanover under Captain Lazarus Stewart.
Kyaukpyu is a port under the Indian Ports Act (X.
In 1847 he began to act as Privatdozent in the university, and founded with Reinhardt the Archiv fiir pathologische Anatomie and Physiologic, which, after his collaborator's death in 1852, he carried on alone, and in 1848 he went as a member of a government commission to investigate an outbreak of typhus in upper Silesia.
Since the abolition of flogging in the services, the use of the cat is now restricted to certain classes of offenders in military prisons (Army Act 1881, § 133).
From the brain these spirits are conveyed through the body by means of the nerves, regarded by Descartes as tubular vessels, resembling the pipes conveying the water of a spring to act upon the mechanical appliances in an artificial fountain.
The nerves conduct the animal spirits to act upon the muscles, and in their turn convey the impressions of the organs to the brain.
" The animals act naturally and by springs, like a watch."
The mind can act only upon itself; beyond that limit, the power of God must intervene to make any seeming interaction possible between body and soul.
The first important recorded act of Pericles falls in 463, when he helped to prosecute Cimon on a charge of bribery, after the latter's Thasian campaign; but as the accusation could hardly have been meant seriously Pericles was perhaps put forward only as a lay-figure.
By a further act of 1541 - which was not repealed until 1845 - artificers, labourers, apprentices, servants and the like were forbidden to play bowls at any time save Christmas, and then only in their master's house and presence.
And Shakespeare (Richard II., Act.
In this picture three men are represented as having played a bowl, while the fourth is in the act of delivering his bowl.
The bowler delivers his bowl with one foot on a mat or footer, made of india-rubber or cocoanut fibre, the size of which is also prescribed by rule as 24 by 16 in., though, with a view to protecting the green, Australasian clubs employ a much larger size, and require the bowler to keep both feet on the mat in the act of delivery.
He destroyed the royal palace by fire, an act which has been variously estimated by historians.
Ostensibly a solemn revenge for the burning of Greek temples by Xerxes, it has been justified as a symbolical act calculated to impress usefully the imagination of the East, and condemned as a senseless and vainglorious work of destruction.
This act was amended in 1897 to meet the wishes of the Roman Catholic minority, but separate schools were not reestablished; nor was the council divided into denominational committees.
The Manitoba Act constituting the province was passed by the Canadian parliament in 1870.
As early as 1839 Stanley had joined with Tait, the future archbishop, in advocating certain university reforms. From 1846 onwards Jowett threw himself into this movement, which in 1848 became general amongst the younger and more thoughtful fellows, until it took effect in the commission of 1850 and the act of 1854.
He spoke at an important meeting upon this question in London on the 10th of June 1864, which laid the ground for the University Tests Act of 1871.
The ordination and induction of ministers is always the act of a presbytery.
The ordination and induction of elders in some branches of the Church is the act of the kirk-session; in others it is the act of the presbytery.
Though the admission of new members is, strictly speaking, the act of the session, this duty usually devolves upon the minister, who reports his procedure to the session for approval and confirmation.
Only thus could a plurality of rulers of equal rank act in an efficient and orderly way.
Though it is the duty of a minister to warn against irreverent or profane participation in the Lord's Supper, he himself has no right to exclude any one from communion; that can only be done as the act of himself and the elders duly assembled in session.
In 1570 Presbyterian views found a distinguished exponent in Dr Thomas Cartwright at Cambridge; and the temper of parliament was shown by the act of 1571, for the reform of disorders in the Church, in which, while all mention of doctrine is omitted, the doctrinal articles alone being sanctioned, ordination without a bishop is implicitly recognized.
The Presbyterianism now visible in England is of Scottish origin and Scottish type, and beyond the fact of embracing a few congregations which date from, or before, the Act of Uniformity and the Five Mile Act, has little in common with the Presbyterianism which was for a brief period by law established.
The Church Act of 186g which disestablished and disendowed the Irish Episcopal Church took away the Presbyterian regium donum.
The commutation fund thus formed is a permanent memorial of a generous and disinterested act on the part of her ministry.
The two parties united under the act of 1729, which adopted the Westminster symbols "as being, in all the essential and necessary articles, good forms of sound words and systems of Christian doctrine."
This adopting act allowed scruples as to "articles not essential and necessary in doctrine, worship or government" - the presbytery being judge in the case and not the subscriber.
In1730-1732the stricter party in the presbyteries of New Castle and Donegal insisted on full subscription, and in 1736, in a minority synod, interpreted the adopting act according to their own views.
An act of the New Jersey legislature in 1895 created the office of township president, with power of appointment and veto.
He contested the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Bill, opposed the resumption of specie payments, advocated the payment of the public debt in silver and supported the Bland-Allison Act.
The lagoons are believed to act as purifying pans in which the greater part of the salt in the water is precipitated.
In the month of June 1880, President Avellaneda and his ministers left Buenos Aires, and this act was considered by the porteno leaders equivalent to a declaration of war.
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