Meaning of “ham it up” in the English Dictionary

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"ham it up" in British English

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ham it up

informal
phrasal verb with ham uk /hæm/ us /hæm/ verb -mm-

to perform or behave in a false way, especially in a way that is too obvious or that makes people laugh

(Definition of “ham it up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ham it up" in American English

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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 three.

(Definition of “ham it up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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