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    Get your act together

    Hello,

    May I use the idiom get one´s act together in the sentece below?

    "Your table/room/closet is a mess, you should get your act together."


    Thank you very much
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    Re: Get your act together

    It's possible though the phrase is usually used about an aspect of a person's life, rather than something as trivial/petty as the untidiness of their room.

    You're drinking too much on a regular basis. You really need to get your act together.
    Your wedding is in three weeks and you haven't organised anything. Get your act together or there won't be a wedding!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Get your act together

    If the room's always a mess, it would work better.

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    Re: Get your act together

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    Hello, Johny:

    I read something yesterday that immediately reminded me of your post.

    The writer of the story was a friend of a famous American celebrity. One day, the celebrity invited the writer and another person to have lunch with her at a restaurant. The celebrity had made a reservation.

    When the three arrived, the owners of the restaurant did not know that the celebrity was a celebrity, so they did not treat her with special respect.

    I will now let the writer continue the story (All the emphasized words are my idea).

    " [The owners] said that they didn't have [the celebrity's] reservation and asked us to wait in the bar, where waiters bumped into us as they bustled by [rushed by]. [The celebrity] didn't like [such treatment], [so she] gave them 10 minutes to get their act together, and when they didn't [get their act together in 10 minutes,] she left. ... She stood outside on the sidewalk [and yelled] '[D]on't go to this restaurant, they're rude!' "


    -- Peggy Noonan, The Time of Our Lives (2015), published by the Twelve Hachette Book Group.
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    Re: Get your act together

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    " [The owners] said that they didn't have [the celebrity's] reservation and asked us to wait in the bar, where waiters bumped into us as they bustled by [rushed by]. [The celebrity] didn't like [such treatment], [so she] gave them 10 minutes to get their act together, and when they didn't [get their act together in 10 minutes,] she left. ... She stood outside on the sidewalk [and yelled] '[D]on't go to this restaurant, they're rude!' "


    -- Peggy Noonan, The Time of Our Lives (2015), published by the Twelve Hachette Book Group.

    Nice example!
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