misbehave

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mis·be·have / ˌmisbiˈhāv/ • v. [intr.] (of a person, esp. a child) fail to conduct oneself in a way that is acceptable to others; behave badly. ∎  (of a machine) fail to function correctly: her regularly serviced car was misbehaving. DERIVATIVES: mis·be·hav·ior / -ˈhāvyər/ n.