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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He never sought positions, he did not play to the gallery.
He tried to play to the gallery over the next two holes with steadying pars - but the bogey bug struck again at the 439-yard fourth.
Some members of the interview panel might want to play to the gallery.
The group said Malaysia is at a crossroad and cannot afford for bigots to continue fanning hatred and tear this country apart, as evident by much damaged that it said has been inflicted by politicians who 'play to the gallery for short-term gains'.
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.
Cliched, but it lets him play to the gallery as a complete package.
How can they expect anyone to vote for them when they are childish, immature, pompous, a disgrace and play to the gallery? What an example they set to young people - no wonder there's no respect for the elderly and no discipline in schools.
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?
Michael Gove, who pontificates about purer and more rational politics, likes to play to the gallery. He recently told Diane Abbott across the floor of the House of Commons that he loved her.
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.