chew\ the\ scenery

v. phr. slang
To act overemotionally in a situation where it is inappropriate; to engage in histrionics.

I don't know if Joe was sincere about our house, but he sure chewed up the scenery!


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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