ham it up(redirected from hammed it up)
ham it up
To perform with great (perhaps excessive) enthusiasm. Your daughter loves to ham it up for the camera—you might have a little actress on your hands!
ˌham it ˈup(informal) (especially of actors) when people ham it up, they deliberately exaggerate their emotions or movements: When we realized we were being filmed, we all started behaving differently, hamming it up for the cameras.
A ham is an informal word for an actor who performs badly, especially by exaggerating emotions.