(someone) likes to act like (clause)

Use this expression to talk about someone who "puts on an act". In other words, someone who pretends to be something that they're not. For example:

He likes to act like he knows everything.

She likes to act like she's so innocent, but you and I both know that's not the case.

You like to act all big and tough. Please! You're a total softie.

Talking about people this way sounds negative. In the example above, the wife might be annoyed that her husband pretends not to know about the social network.

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