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grandstand play

1. In sports, any excessively showy action or maneuver during play done primarily to impress or entertain the spectators. Originally specific to baseball, it has since been extended to any sport. Rather than shoot the ball and secure an easy two points for the team, she instead attempted to slam dunk the ball as a grandstand play for the crowd.
2. By extension, any excessively dramatic, showy, or ostentatious action, behavior, or maneuver. Our manager is more concerned with making a grandstand play for the CEO than effectively running the office. The dictator's constant threats of war are more of a grandstand play than a legitimate concern to the rest of the world.
See also: grandstand, play

make a grandstand play

1. In sports, to perform any excessively showy action or maneuver during play so as to impress or entertain the spectators. Originally specific to baseball, it has since been extended to any sport. Rather than shoot the ball and secure an easy two points for the team, she decided instead to make a grandstand play by trying for a slam dunk.
2. By extension, to act or behave in an excessively dramatic, showy, or ostentatious manner; to show off. Our manager is more concerned with making a grandstand play for the CEO than effectively running the office.
See also: grandstand, make, play

grandstand play, make a

Show off, act ostentatiously, as in His colleagues were annoyed with Tom for constantly making a grandstand play at sales conferences . This expression was first used for a baseball play made to impress the crowd in the grandstand (the section of high-priced seats at ballparks). [Second half of 1800s] For a synonym, see play to the gallery.
See also: grandstand, make

grandstand

in. to make oneself conspicuous. Don’t you just hate the way that Pat grandstands all the time?

grandstand play

n. something done exceedingly well to impress an audience or a group of spectators. The grandstand play caught the attention of the crowd just as they were leaving.
See also: grandstand, play
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Since then the grandstand has been home only to occasional nesting birds and those few cricket watchers who elect to spectate from its slightly elevated standpoint.
Managing director Richard Thomas said: "To mark the opening of the Centenary Grandstand we are holding a race that will be hugely attractive to owners and trainers.
Southampton Hospital volunteers will be on hand all day to collect pledge cards in the VIP Tents and the main grandstands.
MONDAY 3: PONTEFRACT pounds 4 off Grandstand & Paddock enclosure
The effect of this is that the lower tier of the grandstand (i.
There is also an extra five per cent discount for any family group relocating to the lower grandstand Grange End or grandstand block A.
Set on an island between the warm-up lake to the north and 2300m long competition course to the south, the centre consists of four elements: a main pavilion, two boathouses, a grandstand, and general course infrastructure (start and finish towers and timing huts).
RACEGOERS will be able to enjoy a flutter from a new pounds 3 million grandstand at the Warwick course from next month.
DALLAS, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Centex Corporation (NYSE: CTX) announced today that its San Diego-based subsidiary Centex Golden Construction Company, a member of the Centex Construction Group, recently was awarded the prestigious "Build America Award" for its work on the Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand project.
Clearly, our guests spent more dollars here at Seaside Park this year than ever before and our offerings from the Grandstand acts to the exhibitions were well received.
After the 15pc discount, tickets to the Main Grandstand will cost BD153 for all three days of the Grand Prix.
At the Turn One Grandstand, where the field of more than 20 Formula Oneao cars can be seen trying to squeeze past one another while hoping to remain unscathed, tickets are BD68 apiece for the weekend and BD60 for Race Day alone.
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EPSOM'S grandstand will have a reduced capacity for the Vodafone Derby for the next two seasons while the Surrey course undertakes a pounds 25 million re-development and modernisation programme, writes Paul Binfield.
Grandstand centre: adults pounds 13, concessions pounds 10 (pounds 15 and pounds 12 on the day).