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    #1

    how to work a crowd.

    What do you think this "work" means? "to move" or "influence"? I have never seen this kind of usage and this might be an example created by a Korean test-maker.

    5-2)I'm a good speaker who know how to work a crowd.
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    Re: how to work a crowd.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What do you think this "work" means? "to move" or "influence"? I have never seen this kind of usage and this might be an example created by a Korean test-maker.

    5-2)I'm a good speaker who know how toworka crowd.
    In that context it would mean that the speaker knows how get a positive reaction from his/her audience. Frequently you see the term used to describe how politicians/celebrities physically move among a crowd to gain or maintain support.


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    #3

    Re: how to work a crowd.

    work the crowd - Wiktionary

    Edit: Cross-posted with billmcd.
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    Re: how to work a crowd.

    I have never heard of this expression, so you mean some politician or celebrity make physical contact with the audience on the spot to gain support? Is that action called "work a crowd"? Not any concept of "influencing the audience"?

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    #5

    Re: how to work a crowd.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I have never heard of this expression, so you mean some politician or celebrity make physical contact with the audience on the spot to gain support? Is that action called "work a crowd"? Not any concept of "influencing the audience"?
    Sometimes it may involve handshaking and baby kissing etcetera, but no, it doesn't necessarily mean physical contact.

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    #6

    Re: how to work a crowd.

    A comedian can work his audience. It just means that he tailors his material to the people in front of him and manages to get them to appreciate him even more than they might have anyway.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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