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work the crowd

To excite or entertain an audience. Man, that singer sure knows how to work a crowd! They're going wild for him! The keynote speaker was late, so I had to work the crowd for a while to stall.
See also: crowd, work
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The Dutchman added: "Lourence had a good time up there, smiling and working the crowd. After I won the first set, he gave me a fist-bump and told me I was playing well.
Adept at working the crowd, they were experienced cadgers.
Bruce Rauner and attorney general candidate Erika Harold were among the statewide candidates working the crowd in the sweltering heat, but the largest group of political marchers was backing U.S.
Although Gomez only shared a glimpse of his concert, The Weeknd shared a longer video of himself working the crowd and pleasing his fans as he belted out his popular tunes.
Hepburn getting ready to meet Middlesbrough at the Radio 1 Road-|show in Stewart Park in1999, above, and dancers working the crowd, left
Perry, working the crowd, seemed to relish meeting Iowa voters.
The sight of the Emirati working the crowd is fascinating.
Working the crowd, Van Zant paraded a Welsh flag to great response from the audience.
Above all, Kenny Ball proved that he's still the master at working the crowd, even persuading the audience to sing along with All You Need is Love as a finale.
Standing in the midst of the crowd, he speaks for ten minutes without a microphone, working the crowd up before the show officially begins.
I ALSO loved Kasabian for their sheer indie arrogance - lead singer Tom Meighan working the crowd into a frenzy like a pro.
The Birmingham leg of his tour delivered a two-hour show that demonstrated Lionel's skill at working the crowd and proved his distinctive voice was still in fine shape.
The season ticket holder was more used to working the crowd into a frenzy prior to Newcastle home games with a legendary dance routine at The Vaults pub, in Newcastle's Bigg Market.
"We'll be there, working the crowd. We're used to giving the kids some hugs.