play to the gallery


: to do things that one thinks will be popular among many people instead of doing what one thinks is right
a governor who refuses to play to the gallery

Examples of play to the gallery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arising from this, there is a perennial temptation for mathematicians to play to the gallery and to assume the role of magicians and, even more temptingly, high priests. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2011

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“Play to the gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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