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play to the crowd

To act, behave, or perform in such a way as to receive as much approval from an audience or group of spectators as one can get, especially the lowest common denominator therein. The band still puts on a great performance, even after all these years. I do wish, though, that they played more of their new material and didn't just play to the crowd with their greatest hits the whole night. Rather than acting in a way that best suits the role and the play as a whole, he prefers to play to the crowd and soak up the spotlight when he can. She's a great basketball player, but she spends more time playing to the crowd than playing to win the game.
See also: crowd, play
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As lead singer in the band Any Colour Back, the 30-year-old loves nothing better than playing to the crowd.
O'Sullivan rounded the match off in the ultimate style with a maximum, playing to the crowd as he switched to his left hand to sink the final black.
He wasn't playing to the crowd and he looked embarrassed when I praised his kindness.
There would have been more chance of me playing to the crowd if I had won my last fight.
Playing to the crowd, he grabbed his crotch, bragged about his millions, paraded his gunshot wounds, boasted about the women he has enjoyed, and dissed other rappers.
Those who waited patiently yesterday weren't disappointed when Rik came out playing to the crowd.
And the mystery star certainly seems to love playing to the crowd but who is it, what was the trophy and when was the final played?
The second set was more of an old-fashioned gospel rave-up, with the raspy baritone Fountain frequently playing to the crowd by strutting in place.
Later on, we meet David, a "born politician, always playing to the crowd," his son, Solomon, who "contributes considerably to the population boom in Jerusalem," the prophet Amos, a "shocked shepherd .
Sergey is a master playing to the crowd, and he looks to his fans for motivation.
As Justin will, he was playing to the crowd a little bit today, doing all that stuff, even kind of talking on switchovers.
As always, Keane are good showmen, playing to the crowd and thanking the fans for supporting them during what hasn't been the easiest year after Chaplin checked into rehab last summer.
He was trying to take the mickey out of the Celtic players and fans by time wasting and playing to the crowd.
TAKING a bow, rock star Pete Doherty was still playing to the crowd yesterday after learning he may face jail for a knife crime.
After playing to the crowd, bringing the 36,037 present to their feet, Barry planted his left foot at the stripe and rocked the rim again, earning a $20,000 prize and the respect of dunkers everywhere.