(idiomatic) In the process of doing something considered criminal or otherwise wrong; used to emphasize the eye-witness evidence.
She denied it but she had been spotted in the act.
In-the-act Sentence Examples
He reached out to take the hourglass, grazing her skin in the act.
Curses, caught in the act.
Hastings was named in the act as governor-general for a term of five years.
In this picture three men are represented as having played a bowl, while the fourth is in the act of delivering his bowl.
The bowler delivers his bowl with one foot on a mat or footer, made of india-rubber or cocoanut fibre, the size of which is also prescribed by rule as 24 by 16 in., though, with a view to protecting the green, Australasian clubs employ a much larger size, and require the bowler to keep both feet on the mat in the act of delivery.