make a show of

Meaning(s)

1. exaggerate or make a point of something, behave embarrassingly in public

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he made a show of picking up the heavy bags

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To 'make a show of' something means to deliberately display a particular feeling, attitude or action. If you make a show of something you are making it clear or doing something in a performative way for someone else's benefit or attention. "He made a show of looking through his diary to leave no doubt in their mind that he was a busy man." If you 'make a show of someone', it means to embarrass them in front of others. "The teacher  made a show of her student by calling her up to the front of the class and forcing her to present her drawing to everyone."

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  1. Our mother decided to make a big show of serving the cold dinner to make us feel bad for getting home so late. 
  2. Frank made a show of getting out his new laptop in the lecture. He wanted everyone to see that he had the latest and most expensive model.
  3. Sarah had too much to drink at the wedding and tried to take the microphone to sing a song. I had to stop her from making a show of herself.

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  1. A representative made a show of unveiling the new model. The audience was captivated.
  2. My manager made a show of me in front of my colleagues for not handing my work in on time.

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