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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.
See also: grand, tour

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.
See also: DE, force, tour

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.
See also: tour

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.
See also: grand, tour

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’.
See also: DE, force, tour

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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In order to increase loading space the Sports Tourer comes with 40:20:40 foldable rear seats enabling even more flexible loading space configurations.
And just like the hatch the Tourer benefits from Honda's "Magic Seats", which in effect means the rear seat squabs fold up like cinema seats, allowing you to pack in large items of furniture or even a mountain bike across the width of the car.
This Tourer estate requires a premium of around PS900 over the equivalent four-door, which means that pricing sits mainly in the PS23,000 to PS28,000 bracket common to most Mondeo-class estate models.
Remember that these judgements are against the very best in the class and when price and equipment levels are taken into account, the i30 Tourer states its case quite eloquently.
The Tourer also features a wide range of all the latest safety equipment including hill start, front, side and curtain airbags, a tyre deflation warning system and electronic braking and stability systems.
In fact, the Country Tourer car won't go everywhere but it can handle deeply-rutted mud tracks, swampy elds and tackle waterlogged roads with the best.
AKE A class-leading load-lugger with a lot of style and flair, Tadd four-corner grip and you have the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer.
Adrian Killham, Chief Engineer for the new model, said: "The new Civic Tourer delivers the biggest boot volume in its class, CO[sub.
Based on the Sports Tourer, but with all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and tougher styling, the SUV-inspired newcomer was unveiled at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.
Tokyo, Aug 11, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Honda has provided more information about the new Civic Tourer ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.
The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing Honda s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process.
The test car was the Tourer (estate) in old money) in SE Nav trim which sits just behind the Elite and flagship VXR.
Cars such as BMW's 3-Series Tourer and Audi's A4 Avant have always been sportier and more desirable among young, loaded drivers as a result.
At the race track Tuesday, Peter Hageman of Seattle displayed his green 1929 VDP Tourer, complete with a British flag on both doors and ready to be raced in Le Mans.
IF you want to head for the freedom of the open road, buy a tourer caravan.