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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.
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 muscians 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!"
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.
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.
See also: 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.
going to several places to perform The band is currently on tour in Australia. Our local women's basketball team is on tour right now, playing exhibition games in a number of cities.
a tour de force
a performance or achievement which shows a lot of skill and which is admired by a lot of people His performance as Richard III was a brilliant tour de force.
a whistle-stop tour
a very quick visit to several places (often + of ) Coach loads of tourists come for whistle-stop tours of the main European cities.
See also: 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.