play to the gallery


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Related to play to the gallery: play fast and loose, play havoc, play a part

play to the gallery

To try to appeal to the least cultured of tastes, or to use crude methods of gaining support.
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Some members of the interview panel might want to play to the gallery.
10) German Chancellor Angela Merkel indeed never wavers to stand by what is right and never play to the gallery like many other politicians normally do for the sake of votes.
The UKIP leader likes to play to the gallery but his words exposed the toxic aftertaste to his man-in-the-pub routine.
Rather they play to the gallery of their hardline supporters.
While the special screening of his film was more of a personal affair, Akshay looked more in the mood to play to the gallery earlier on the sets of DID Super Moms , where he turned up to promote the film along with heroine Shruti Haasan.
But did Peter Lawwell, a member of the full SFA board as well as Celtic's chief executive, really have to play to the gallery with his Rory Bremner/Tony Blair jibe at their shareholders' gathering?
The Chief Minister responded that his government would not play to the gallery rather it would resolve the long standing problems of the people.
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma had earlier this week come out in support of Birla, and urged the government agencies to not play to the gallery and create an environment of sensation and shock.
Michael Gove, who pontificates about purer and more rational politics, likes to play to the gallery.
It's great to see Clint still willing to crack gags and play to the gallery, but the trouble with Randy Brown's debut script is that it curves off target.
It would have been easy enough for the Labour-led city council to play to the gallery by banging fists on the table of the new coalition government and condemning the cuts.
Mugabe would play to the gallery of international opinion, flourishing the martyr card, and several African nations would no doubt boycott London.