play to the gallery


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Related to play to the gallery: play fast and loose, play havoc, play a part

play to the gallery

 and play to the crowd
to perform in a manner that will get the strong approval of the audience; to perform in a manner that will get the approval of the lower elements in the audience. John is a competent actor, but he has a tendency to play to the crowd. When he made the rude remark, he was just playing to the gallery.
See also: gallery, play

play to the gallery

to spend time doing or saying things that will make people admire or support you, instead of dealing with more important matters Politicians these days are more interested in playing to the gallery than exercising real influence on world events.
See also: gallery, play

play to the gallery

Appeal to spectators for maximum approval, as in He peppers his speeches with humor and wisecracks about his opponent, clearly playing to the gallery . In this term gallery refers to the cheapest seats in a British theater and hence the least sophisticated audience. [Late 1800s]
See also: gallery, play
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Cliched, but it lets him play to the gallery as a complete package.
It is right of the opposition to play to the gallery and embarrass the government, he said and added, he had been in the government many times and since 1947 he was constantly hearing the statements that Pakistan was going through very difficult times.
Using rubber bullets and water cannon may play to the gallery but the hard lessons of Northern Ireland teach us that they, too, are counter-productive.
He made it clear that the PML-N never wanted to play to the gallery or score points over the security of Pakistan, while India showed an irresponsible attitude by accusing Pakistan and its institutions of supporting the attack.
IT IS dangerous for politicians to use the issue of immigration to play to the gallery.
Communities minister Wendy Alexander stood to deliver the first speech and showed she likes to play to the gallery by announcing: "I am a Glaswegian.
His spontaneity and ability to play to the gallery is being compared with Govinda," says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
They play to the gallery by tagging cultural landmarks as on James Bond and Elvis Ain't Dead, but their brass neck, big tunes and warm heart win through.
Also, the evidence of other witnesses could be affected by the presence of TV cameras and some might play to the gallery.
Politicians tend to play to the gallery, so we will wait for him to finish and then get on with the job of sorting this out.
Most people will agree that the presence of TV cameras has played a major role in impelling our parliamentarians to play to the gallery, rather than deal with the issues on hand.
He will not want to play to the gallery - but he has to take delegates with him as the Chancellor did yesterday.
Mr Blair, who leaves Britain today for the week-long visit, warned: "I do not intend to lecture or play to the gallery.
He doesn't simply play to the gallery - the writing is more grown-up than that, and curiously restrained in a British sort of way.
And Mr Blair, who leaves today with top business chiefs, said: "I do not intend to lecture or play to the gallery.