play to the crowd

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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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team, plays to the crowd before his victory in the 50-meter freestyle.
He certainly plays to the crowd and, even when the comedy does sometimes run away with itself, he just about gets away with it.
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Tread the Boards, a Shakespearian street theatre troupe, will also be bringing the Bard to life as its members get into full costume to recite sonnets and plays to the crowds.
BIG SOUND: Above, Golcar bandsman John Cawood plays to the crowds (PC140508Agolcar-2); VERY TASTY: Brooke Proctor (left) on her sweet stall (PC140508Agolcar-3); PORK DON'T RUN: Fever pitch at the pig race (PC140508Agolcar-1)