By Robert Allen
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Clean up one’s act to stop behaving badly or irresponsibly and start to act in a more acceptable or proper way. Late 20th cent. Daily Mirror 1992 A judge ordered him to clean up his act by watching Gary Lineker videos. do a disappearing/vanishing act to leave a place suddenly without leaving information about one’s whereabouts: usually in the context of dishonest or underhand activities. A metaphor from conjuring. Early 20th cent. Rachel Elliot Lover’s Charade 1992 Well, tonight she’d do something about it, she pledged silently.
Adam’s ale water, man’s first drink. Also called Adam’s wine. 17th cent. Prynne Sovereign Power of Parliament 1643 They have been shut up in prisons and dungeons… allowed only a poor pittance of Adams Ale, and scarce a penny bread a day to support their lives. Adam’s apple the projection of the thyroid cartilage in front of the neck, more prominent in men and traditionally associated with part of the forbidden fruit that is said to have stuck in Adam’s throat (see forbidden fruit). ) in the same meaning.
In the case of works published before about 1800 these dates are not always so well established, and in these cases I have tried to find a consensus. The dates given for Shakespeare’s plays follow the ones given in The New Penguin Encyclopedia (2003 edition). A A The first letter of the alphabet, used to denote a starting point or the highest level in a system of grades. A1 first-class, excellent. First used in Lloyd’s Register of Shipping to indicate ships in the best condition. A classifies the hull of the ship and 1 classifies its stores.
Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases by Robert Allen