grandstand play

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

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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Even now, Putin could help by coordinating his actions with the West, but he seems entranced by the lure of making a grandstand play.
I think that counsel has made a grandstand play here," Magner said.
The disclosure will come as a major embarrassment to Gerry Adams, who made a grandstand play of transporting the bugging device to England last week to "return" it to Tony Blair before the Leeds Castle talks.
History will record it as a grandstand play that solved nothing; he sneaked in, he sneaked out, leaving our troops to be picked off one by one.
Rigorous asset assessment may lead to drastic credit contraction, and punitive pursuit of top bank managers for their role in the bad-loan problem would end up as a mere grandstand play.
But it was a similar grandstand play to please the tough-talking nationalists, anti-NATO groups and others in Russia who want more active support for Milosevic.
We have to consider a number of factors, like negligence, strict liability, and public nuisance," says mayoral spokesman Kevin Feeley, who insists, "This is not a grandstand play or an attempt to get a headline.
Today's announcement by Wolverine Partners is obviously a grandstand play designed to promote Mr.
Koizumi was good at grandstand play, but showed little leadership (in dealing with various problems).
It was a cynical grandstand play at seeming to make a concession as the Easter peace talks went on.
Announcing major cuts in MTA management would be a grandstand play that taxpayers and the transit dependent would cheer about and leave the strikers without an argument.
Democrats called it a grandstand play to breathe life back into what Sen.
It sure isn't Harris, the Lakers coach, who seemed to be pulling a grandstand play when he yanked his starting point guard out of the game just 1 minute, 57 seconds after the opening tip.
From the first time Grandstand plays the theme from Champions, you know you're in for another big slice of schmaltz.
This is going to be an election year, and the best poll would be a good turnout by an electorate taking an interest in the future of the country, uninfluenced by any grandstand plays by Sinn Fein.