chew the scenery(redirected from to chew the scenery)
chew the scenery
To be exaggeratedly or flamboyantly melodramatic or overly emotional while acting a role, as for television, theater, or film. I hated working with him on that play—every night he'd go out and chew the scenery so much that he was the only one the audience noticed! I love watching hammy actors chew the scenery in bad movies.
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chew the scenery(of an actor) overact. informal
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