||misbehave, do bad things
||She said that Kim was acting up at church - making noise.
||not work right, give pain or problems
||My stomach is acting up today. I don't feel well.
|actions speak louder than words
||people judge by actions more than words, practice what you preach
||Parents should remember that actions speak louder than words. Kids imitate their parents.
|ad lib (ad libitum)
||improvise, create, at will, off the cuff
||After I learn the melody I like to ad lib. I play what I hear in my head.
|add fuel to the fire
||cause more anger, aggravate a problem
||He's angry. Telling him bad news will add fuel to the fire.
|add insult to injury
||add another negative, make it worse, put your foot in it
||If you say his answer is wrong, and then say he can't understand, you've added insult to injury.
||sorry, but it is true; believe me, yeppers
||"Did he spend all of our money?" "Yes, 'fraid so."
||after you consider all the facts, to be fair
||Will you help me with English? After all, I helped you with math.
|against all odds
||not likely to happen, a slim chance
||Against all odds - poor weather, student pilot - we landed safely.
|against the grain
||against the natural way, rub the wrong way
||Some words go against the grain. Their spellings aren't natural.