get (your) act together


1. become better organised and behave in a more effective way






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This idiom 'get your act together' means to organize your life or work in a better, more efficient way. It is essentially taking action to improve yourself. That can be achieved by setting yourself clear goals and creating a plan to reach them, or by correcting character flaws or general poor behaviour. It is quite common for someone in authority, such as a parent, boss, or teacher, to command someone to 'get their act together.' It is usually said firmly, sometimes as a warning, but sometimes with the intention of forcefully encouraging that person to improve or succeed. This expression is common in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the phrases 'get your house in order,' and 'cop yourself on.'

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  1. After years of not doing much, Steve now has a job and has moved into his own place. It's good to see him finally getting his act together.
  2. Isn't it about time you got your act together? You've been faffing around for too long now.

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  1. The goods arrived late to the shop again this morning. If the suppliers don't get their act together soon then we will have no choice but to explore other options.
  2. I have just remembered I have a presentation tomorrow. I had better get my act together and start working on it.

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