Chew up the scenery

verb phrase

to overact, act melodramatically; also written [chew up scenery]
Word Origin

refers to actor’s enthusiasm causing him or her to chew on the scenery
Usage Note


verb phrase

To overact; ham: Beery and Lionel Barrymore chew up all the scenery that isn’t nailed down/ Neeson doesn’t chew up the scenery when he works

[1930s+ Show business; originally fr a 1930 theater review by Dorothy Parker : ”More glutton than artist, he commences to chew up the scenery”; in an 1881 glossary a loud actor is said to ”eat scenes,” which may or may not be related]

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