chew the scenery


noun, plural sceneries.
the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.
hangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background.
chew the scenery, to act melodramatically; overact.

1740–50; scene + -ery

1. terrain, view, surroundings. Unabridged
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scenery (ˈsiːnərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  the natural features of a landscape
2.  theatre the painted backcloths, stage structures, etc, used to represent a location in a theatre or studio
[C18: from Italian scenario]

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Word Origin & History

"decoration of a theater stage," 1774, earlier scenary (1690s), from scene (q.v.) + -ery. Meaning "a landscape or view, a pictorial scene" is from 1777.
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