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Misbehave  v. t. & v. i.  (past & past part. misbehaved; pres. part. misbehaving)  To behave ill; to conduct one's self improperly; often used with a reciprocal pronoun.

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"Misbehave" Quotes from Famous Books

... that Dixy is of gentle birth; make friends with him. He may misbehave; never, sir, lose your temper with him. Be wary of ...
— Westways • S. Weir Mitchell

... kept a small light burning, after a while Henry dropping off into exhausted and heavy sleep. For hours Mrs. Jett lay staring at the small bud of light, no larger than a human eye. It seemed to stare back at her, warning, Now don't you go dropping off to sleep and misbehave again. ...
— The Vertical City • Fannie Hurst

... throughout life have I had a good night's rest before an 'unting morning. But werry little racing does for me; Sadler's Wells is well enough of a fine summer evening—especially when they plump the clown over head in the New River cut, and the ponies don't misbehave in the Circus,—but oh! Newmarket's a dreadful place, the werry name's a sickener. I used to hear a vast about it from poor Will Softly of Friday Street. It was the ruin of him—and wot a fine business his father left him, both wholesale ...
— Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities • Robert Smith Surtees

... too, were allowed leave by watches each day of our stay, and few took advantage of the licence to misbehave themselves although temptation enough was thrown in their way by ...
— Crown and Anchor - Under the Pen'ant • John Conroy Hutcheson

... is a duty which I shall never forgive myself if I decline. I do not know that I can make a soldier. I may be very clumsy; perhaps I shall be timid; but you can rely on me. Only one thing is certain, I can well die, but I cannot afford to misbehave." [Loud applause.] ...
— Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O • Various

... like a garrison catch. The little girls were timid and grave. As they footed slowly up the aisle, each one took a moment's glance at the Englishman; and the big nun who played marshal fairly stared him out of countenance. As for the choristers, from first to last they misbehaved as only boys can misbehave; and cruelly marred the performance with ...
— An Inland Voyage • Robert Louis Stevenson

... ceiling—then Liubka grew timorous, and, only getting to rights with difficulty, pronounced with trembling lips, but with dignity: "You must excuse me now, but since I have a flat of my own, and I'm not at all a wench any longer, but a decent woman, I'd ask you therefore not to misbehave in my place. I thought you, like a smart and educated man, would do everything nice and genteel, but you busy yourself with silly things. They can even put ...
— Yama (The Pit) • Alexandra Kuprin

... United States a concomitant sentimentalism has concocted measures like the honor system which, naturally failing of their purpose, have undermined confidence in the idea of scientific diagnosis and treatment of crime. As someone has noted, to ask a criminal to promise not to misbehave, when discharged from prison, is like asking a typhoid fever patient to promise not to have a temperature above ninety-nine degrees the next morning. For a large proportion of criminals—the percentage has yet to be determined, although the most recent police commissioner of Chicago ...
— The Glands Regulating Personality • Louis Berman, M.D.

... Germains is, so to say, in your keeping. How very opportune that that poor boy should have gone just as the other is coming! Mind that you are a good girl and take care of yourselves. I daresay all the Germain ladies are looking after you day and night, so that you can't misbehave very much. No more Kappa-kappas for many ...
— Is He Popenjoy? • Anthony Trollope

... head-mistress, "that you have started a society which is called by some ridiculous name such as The Wild Irish Girls, and that you meet each week in a quarry a short distance from town; that you have got rules and badges; that you sing naughty songs, and altogether misbehave yourselves? ...
— The Rebel of the School • Mrs. L. T. Meade

... but a free fight?" she retorted. "Of course," she added, "Ilse means an intellectual battle. If they misbehave ...
— The Crimson Tide • Robert W. Chambers

Words linked to "Misbehave" :   misconduct, carry on, behave, act, move, misdemean, act up

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