ask for an expression something like "camp it up"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Yichen, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Yichen

    Yichen Senior Member

    Hello everybody,

    I was wondering if you could tell me how to express such an idea. A word is better.
    I will say it, with a tone somewhat for humorous effect, when I see a person who likes to show off, or likes to pretend to be a man beyond himself in terms of money, social status, intelligence et cetera. Whatever, he likes to be exaggerated in all aspects.

    A scenario:
    A: Look, it seems Jack is working hard at his lessons. Do you think he can pass the coming exam this time?
    B: He won't. He is just camping.(?) Just look at those large dictionaries beside him. Are they necessary for such a little exam?

    Is the word "camp" ok? What's the usual way to say it?

    Many many thanks.
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    "He's just pretending / just faking it / just putting on a show." "Camping" would not be understood in that context.
  3. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    In BE, this is camping:


    And this is 'camping it up':

  4. Yichen

    Yichen Senior Member

    Many thanks.:)
  5. Sparky Malarky

    Sparky Malarky Moderator

    English - US
    I'm afraid I don't understand "camping" in the original sentence. It makes it sound like he's finding excuses to stay in the library - maybe he's homeless? But that doesn't fit with someone who is showing off.

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