Get into the act



verb phrase

To join in; participate; esp to intrude where one is not wanted

[1940s+; popularized by Jimmy Durante’s lament, ”Everybody wants to get into the act”]
Also, get in the act. Become involved in some activity or venture, as in Everybody wants to get into the act on this offer, or I’m sure his agent plans to get in the act and start negotiations. This expression alludes to inserting oneself into a performance. [ Mid-1900s ]

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