One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an actor) overact.‘he chews up the courtroom scenery as the unscrupulous attorney’
- ‘Movies like this require villains who can chew the scenery with the greatest of ease.’
- ‘Someone who appears to have lost the early promise of his role in Swingers, Vaughn is allowed to chew the scenery and play the crass American to the hilt.’
- ‘It is simply one of Hoskins best performances even if he is chewing the scenery.’
- ‘When she isn't chewing the scenery she may as well be a piece of it.’
- ‘Drama has its place, but you can't chew the scenery.’
- ‘He chews the scenery and then washes it all down with an embarrassing hammed-up performance not even worthy of discussion.’
- ‘The film's cast is relatively subdued, and manages to generally avoid chewing the scenery.’
- ‘I caught the first half of it when it first aired, and the second half last night, and my oh my can she chew the scenery with the best of them.’
- ‘She combines sexiness and creepiness with skill, but tends to chew the scenery a little too much as her screen time goes on.’
- ‘He gives a mesmerizing turn; yes, he does chew the scenery, but it's with a methodical intensity that takes him to another level.’
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