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Action at a distance the exertion of force by one body on another separated from the first by empty space (in physics, and chiefly historical).

Action Man proprietary name for a type of male doll in combat dress, first developed in the 1960s, and now often used ironically in reference to a person supposedly resembling the doll.

action stations the positions taken up by military personnel in preparation for action (often as a command or signal to prepare for action).

action this day annotation as used by Winston Churchill at the Admiralty in 1940.

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