ham it up

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ham it up

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

Word by Word Definitions

ham play
  1. : the hollow of the knee

  2. : a buttock with its associated thigh

  3. : a cut of meat consisting of a thigh

  1. : to execute with exaggerated speech or gestures : overact

  2. : to overplay a part

  1. : a son of Noah held to be the progenitor of the Egyptians, Nubians, and Canaanites

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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