Why do we say "Get Your Act Together.

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Get Your Act Together

Meaning:

Get organized

Background:

Presumably this expression has its roots in the theatre but it expanded into general use around about the 1970s.

For example, in 1978 The Manchester Guardian Weekly (UK) wrote [The reform policy on refugees] "merely requires that the administration get its act together".

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