(Dublin slang, specific variant) to work in a sloppy way so as to be excused from unpleasant or unwelcome chores.
Joe said he was going to act the maggot, dropping tools and laying the beams out of whack, so the foreman wouldn't make him do over-time on the day of the semi-finals.
by Corcagiensis February 05, 2012
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Ireland To behave in a foolish, childish, or annoying manner.
Settle down and don't act the maggot!
by Keith Gaughan April 09, 2006