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.
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It's tempting sometimes to dismiss Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's utterances as eccentric or playing to the crowd. Yet he had a point on Thursday when he suggested legalising medical bhang at the funeral service for Kibra MP Ken Okoth.
For two rounds, it was a non-fight with Fury playing to the crowd and then watching them as a scuffle broke out in the seats.
Doctors cared more about making their names, risky experiments and playing to the crowd. As William, one pioneer in the six-part series, says: 'We are great men and we will transform medicine in the future.' QUACKS Tue 10pm BBC2 When it comes to having an operation, you have to trust that the surgeon's priority is keeping you alive.
Moro Branislav insisted he wasn't just playing to the crowd when he gives surprisingly long court time for Filipino players.
"You have people like (Jonny) Bairstow who are genuinely playing to the crowd when they're fielding.
EMMERDALE ITV,7pm and 8pm PLAYING to the crowd, Gordon makes an emotional appeal when it's his turn to stand up in court, making some claims about Aaron.
As lead singer in the band Any Colour Back, the 30-year-old loves nothing better than playing to the crowd.
Oh dear, they call that sportsmanship, more like "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.
There would have been more chance of me playing to the crowd if I had won my last fight."
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?
Yes, but--Mayor Giuliani is a cheap, pathetic self-promoter playing to the crowd's emotions.
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 .
He wasn't playing to the crowd and he looked embarrassed when I praised his kindness.