I've been working on dividing phrasal verbs into groups (according to the meaning of their particle aka adverb) and can't figure out the exact meaning of "acting out in class"
From my research, this one is likely to fall into one these 2 categories of meaning:
- "aimed at many people"
"send out resumes",
"give out candies"
"handouts for the lecture"
- "beyond what's acceptable or possible" or "outside the usual line of behavior"
"Smoking is definitely out among my friends"
"The option of taking on more staff is out for the moment"
"Trousers like that went out (= stopped being fashionable) in the 70s"
"Long hair is out"
Just a couple of thoughts: A more basic meaning of "acting out" seems to be "To perform a role, often an imaginary one (as in a play)" But from my point of view, this is a different meaning of "out", maybe "aimed at many people" or just "out of your body" as in "she lashed out at me" or "He freaked out".
What do you think "out" means in "acting out in class"? If my son is acting out in class, could it mean he is "going beyond the acceptable line of behavior?"
What about "I am acting out the part of dutiful daughter"? (this question is optional)
NB: If you're going to explain it with a meaning that's not mentioned in this post, please provide examples of other phrasal verbs with the meaning you're using, so that we can be sure we have a category and not just a "unique" case. (I refuse to believe that this is a "unique" use of "out") And if you're not a native speaker please mention it (your opinion is still equally important to me)