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grand tour

1. An extended tour or sightseeing trip in, through, or across any country or region. Originally used in specific reference to the major cities of Europe, the trip was considered a necessary part of well-bred gentlemen's upbringing. It was later extended to travel in general. I've been saving up all year long for my grand tour through France.
2. By extension, a comprehensive, guided tour, inspection, or survey. This is your first time seeing our new house, right? Let me give you the grand tour! The general insisted on a grand tour of all the sites that are still operational.
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what happens on tour stays on tour

Any scandalous activities that happen when one travels in a group are not to be discussed with other people afterward. The phrase alludes to the stereotypical partying of musicians on tour. A: "Guys, please don't tell my wife about all the girls I've been with on the road." B: "Sure, man—what happens on tour stays on tour!"
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tour de force

An exceptionally masterful performance or achievement, especially in the arts. The director's latest movie is a tour de force of filmmaking. The Olympic gymnast's final routine was a tour de force that earned her a gold medal.
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whistle-stop tour

A brief trip to several locations. My travel agent offered me such a great deal on a whistle-stop tour of Italy that I couldn't resist.
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on tour

Travelling to many different locations to give a specific performance. The band announced that they would be going on tour this spring across Europe to promote their latest album. We're taking the play on tour to the west coast for six weeks this fall.
See also: on, tour

go on tour

[for a performing group] to go from place to place, performing. Our play went on tour across the state. If we make the play a success, we will go on tour.
See also: on, tour

grand tour

A comprehensive tour, survey, or inspection. For example, They took me on a grand tour of their new house, or The new chairman will want to make a grand tour of all the branches. Starting in the late 1600s this term was used for a tour of the major European cities, considered essential to a well-bred man's education. In the mid-1800s it was extended to more general use.
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a tour de ˈforce

(from French) an extremely skilful performance or achievement: a literary/cinematic tour de force
This is a French phrase that means ‘an act of strength’.
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a ˌwhistle-stop ˈtour

short visits to different places made, for example, by a politician during an election campaign: The Prime Minister left on a whistle-stop tour of the north of England today.The new manager’s gone on a whistle-stop tour of all the offices.In the US, a whistle stop is a small town or station that trains only stop at if somebody gives a signal.
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The tour series, Staten Island: Beyond the Boat and the Bridge, is designed to attract those who know little about the island beyond the Staten Island Ferry and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Brand information, including short copy, charts and graphs, was added to the photographs and virtual tours.
We've always had an open policy for tours,'' he said, ``but this is the first formal outreach for people to come in.
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Instead, it will serve as an alternative for students who are unable to come during regularly scheduled tours and for those who prefer this method of touring.
Virtual tours can also help acclimate new students and parents to the district, and make it easier for relocating families to choose communities where they want to live.
Still-living members of the legendary Grateful Dead, including Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, are launching a tour mid-June.
The literature advertising the tours encourages the members to continue their lifelong learning.
Off-season tours and open houses are often quiet and can be a bit bleak and forbidding, depending upon your geographic location.
While walking tours don't claim to exclusively promote ecotourism, they do encourage the appreciation of everything native - food, art, history, religion, and of course, the land and its resources.
Tours run from 10 to 14 days; prices begin at $3,500.
PGA TOUR Partners is a program designed to allow golfers and PGA TOUR fans to become directly involved in the PGA TOUR.
So the people who conduct our plant tours have to be able to speak above a lot of noise.
The Algoma Central Railway is facing trouble ahead with its Agawa Canyon train tour, the biggest tourist attraction in Northern Ontario.
In fact, the three Tours have surpassed the $1 billion mark in overall charitable contributions.