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action definition

  1. n.
    excitement; activity in general; whatever is happening. : This place is dull. I want some action!
  2. n.
    a share of something; a share of the winnings or of the booty. (See also piece (of the action).) : I did my share of the work, and I want my share of the action.
  3. n.
    sex; copulation. : All those guys are just trying for a little action.
  4. n.
    illegal activity; commerce in drugs; acts of crime. (Underworld.) : Things have been a little slow here, but there's some action on the East Coast.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with action, also see all talk and no action; piece of the action; swing into action.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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