ham it up


: to act or behave in an exaggerated or playful way
She likes to ham it up for the camera.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other councilmembers looking to ham it up with Sawant struggled to find such common ground. Andrew Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 But this week, the star behind the queen was determined to ham it up and have fun. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2022 After 11 years of being a coach on The Voice, folks might think Blake Shelton only loves to ham it up for the TV cameras. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 12 Dec. 2022 Employees can experiment with make-your-own hot chocolate, cider and s’mores and ham it up in a 360-degree photo booth. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2022 Courtesy of Hello Glow Encourage guests to dress up in their holiday finest, turn up the festive music, have some holiday punch and holiday hors d'oeuvres at the ready, and set up a cute photo backdrop for you and your friends to ham it up in front of. Julia Ludlam, Country Living, 1 Dec. 2022 Looking for love With a striking resemblance to the cutest potato anyone has ever seen, Hamster sure loves to ham it up. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2022 Like many of the other portrayals on this list, when the legend is better than the truth, ham it up. Tim Moffatt, EW.com, 1 July 2022 The actors who get to ham it up are quickly the most entertaining, especially Jóhannesson and Asbjørn Krogh, who pops up halfway through the season as a vicious Christian Viking. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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“Ham it up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ham%20it%20up. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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