ham it up
Ham Ham (h[a^]m), v. i. (Theater) To act with exaggerated voice and gestures; to overact. [PJC]

{ham it up} to act in a showy fashion or to act so as to attract attention; to ham. [Colloq.] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ham it up — verb exaggerate one s acting • Syn: ↑overact, ↑ham, ↑overplay • Ant: ↑underact (for: ↑overact) • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ham it up — act funny and tell jokes, play the ham    Robbie likes to ham it up when he talks to a group he tells jokes …   English idioms

  • ham it up — verb To deliberately exaggerate ones emotions or movements, or to overact or act badly. You can count on him to ham it up for the camera. Syn: chew the scenery …   Wiktionary

  • ham it up — to show expressions or emotions more obviously than is realistic. Here s a picture of Philip hamming it up for grandma when he was only three. Usage notes: usually said about expressions made to amuse others Etymology: based on the literal… …   New idioms dictionary

  • ham it up — {v. phr.}, {slang} To do more than look natural in acting a part; pretend too much; exaggerate. * /When Tom told the teacher he was too sick to do homework, he really hammed it up./ * /The old fashioned movies are funny to us because the players… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ham it up — {v. phr.}, {slang} To do more than look natural in acting a part; pretend too much; exaggerate. * /When Tom told the teacher he was too sick to do homework, he really hammed it up./ * /The old fashioned movies are funny to us because the players… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ham\ it\ up — v. phr. slang To do more than look natural in acting a part; pretend too much; exaggerate. When Tom told the teacher he was too sick to do homework, he really hammed it up. The old fashioned movies are funny to us because the players hammed it up …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ham it up — informal overact. → ham …   English new terms dictionary

  • ham it up — sbz idi to overact; ham …   From formal English to slang

  • ham it up — informal to act or behave in an artificial way with too much expression in your voice and movements, especially in order to make people laugh …   English dictionary

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