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grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). I think it sounds like a great idea, but you'll have to ask the grand poobah first.
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grand slam

1. In the card game bridge, the winning of all thirteen tricks on one deal of the game. I've been playing bridge for years, but I've still never been able to make a grand slam.
2. In baseball, a homerun that is achieved when all three bases have runners on them. It looked like the home team was in for a sure loss, but a grand slam at the last minute edged them ahead of their opponents.
3. (sometimes capitalized) In sports, the winning of all major championships or tournaments in a single year, especially in tennis or golf. The young player shocked the tennis world by winning a Grand Slam in her first year at the professional level.
4. By extension, any total, sweeping victory or success. With the Ohio votes in her favor, it looks like the new president has managed a grand slam.
See also: grand, slam

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. After everything was accounted for, the cost of remodeling the kitchen came to a grand total of $4,500.
See also: grand, total

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

grand scheme

The long term; the complete picture of something. Typically used in the phrase "in the grand scheme of things." I know you're worried about getting a bad grade on this test, but you're such a great student that I doubt it will matter in the grand scheme of things.
See also: grand, scheme

in the (grand) scheme of things

In the long term; in the complete picture of something. I know you're worried about getting a bad grade on this test, but you're such a great student that I doubt it will matter in the grand scheme of things.
See also: of, scheme, thing

the grand old man of (something)

The most senior and respected man in a particular organization, society, etc. His decades of hosting charity balls and galas have made him the grand old man of London.
See also: grand, man, of, old

a grand old age

A very old age. My grandfather passed away this weekend. He lead a remarkable life and lived to a grand old age.
See also: age, grand, old

the grand old age of

The very old age of. My grandfather passed away this weekend. He lead a remarkable life and lived to the grand old age of 98.
See also: age, grand, of, old

Grand Central Station

A place that is very busy or chaotic, like New York City's Grand Central Terminal train station. The benefits area of our HR department becomes like Grand Central Station once open enrollment starts. So many people coming and going—geez, it's like Grand Central Station in here.
See also: central, grand, station


slang Someone who acts in an outdated and uncool manner. Oh, he's a real granddad. He'll never go to a club with us.

*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
See also: beaver, busy

busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy

grand slam

A sweeping success or total victory, as in This presentation gave us a grand slam-every buyer placed an order. This term originated in the early 1800s in the card game of whist (forerunner of contract bridge), where it refers to the taking of all thirteen tricks. It later was extended to bridge and various sports, where it has different meanings: in baseball, a home run hit with runners on all the bases, resulting in four runs for the team; in tennis, winning all four national championships in a single calendar year; in golf, winning all four major championships. In the 1990s the term was used for four related proposals presented on a ballot at once.
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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 big kahuna


a grand kahuna

A big kahuna is a very important person in an organization. Suncorp Metway big kahuna Steve Jones may be thinking twice about his plans to start a business in North Queensland. Note: The word `kahuna' is from Hawaiian and means `wise man'.
See also: big, kahuna

a (or the) grand old man of

a man long and highly respected in a particular field.
Recorded from 1882 , and popularly abbreviated as GOM, Grand Old Man was the nickname of the British statesman William Ewart Gladstone ( 1809–98 ), who went on to win his last election in 1892 at the age of eighty-three.
See also: grand, man, of, old

a/the ˌgrand old ˈage

a great age: She finally learned to drive at the grand old age of 65.
See also: age, grand, old

a/the ˌgrand old ˈman (of something)

an old man who is very experienced and respected in a particular profession, etc: At eighty, he is the grand old man of the British film industry.
See also: grand, man, old


and G and gee and large
n. one thousand dollars. That car probably cost about twenty grand. You owe me three gees! He won three large on the slots!

Grand Central Station

n. any busy and hectic place. (From Grand Central Station in New York City—a very busy place.) At just about closing time, this place becomes Grand Central Station.
See also: central, grand, station


n. an old-fashioned person; an out-of-date person. Don’t be such a granddad. Live a little.

grand tour, the

A thorough inspection of any building, facility, business enterprise, or the like. The term comes from the custom, begun in the seventeenth century, of sending the son of a well-to-do family on an extended tour of the European Continent for the purpose of completing his education. Later the custom was extended to daughters as well. In time the term was transferred to other kinds of tour.
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``Ah, false Jew!'' said the Grand Master; ``was it not from that same witch Miriam, the abomination of whose enchantments have been heard of throughout every Christian land?'' exclaimed the Grand Master, crossing himself.
Meanwhile, the Grand Master ordered to his presence the Preceptor of Templestowe.
In the upcoming season, when it expands to 26 dancers, Alberta ballet, situated in the capital of Canada's oil industry, will become the country third largest ballet company--after the National of Ballet of Canada and Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal.
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J ean Claude Monod a assur[beaucoup plus grand que] avec Driss Ksikes le commissariat de la 4 e [beaucoup plus grand que]dition des nuits de philosophes.
R[beaucoup plus grand que]alisation des grands projets 2013-2016
Youssef Chahed a en outre indiqu[beaucoup plus grand que] que les initiatives gouvernementales pour relancer l'[beaucoup plus grand que]conomie et stimuler la croissance tournent autour de 10 points, a savoir [beaucoup plus grand que]lever les obstacles a l'investissement, am[beaucoup plus grand que]liorer le financement des PME, pr[beaucoup plus grand que]parer un programme national exceptionnel de soutien aux exportations et mettre en place un programme ambitieux de d[beaucoup plus grand que]veloppement dans les r[beaucoup plus grand que]gions visant en priorit[beaucoup plus grand que] le renforcement des infrastructures et la mise en place d'une nouvelle approche pour les grands projets.
Lors cette rencontre choc, le Maroc peut [beaucoup plus grand que]galement s'appuyer sur l'exp[beaucoup plus grand que]rience de l'homme des AA grands rendez-vousA A', Mehdi Benatia.
Si les Lions restent grands favoris, ils ne doivent surtout pas oublier que les El[beaucoup plus grand que]phants respirent encore et restent motiv[beaucoup plus grand que]s bien qu'ils se trouvent dans un passage a vide et qu'ils ne vont pas se laisser battre sans combat.
Le chef du gouvernement, Youssef Chahed, a pr[beaucoup plus grand que]sid[beaucoup plus grand que] hier apr[c]s-midi un Conseil des ministres restreint (CMR) consacr[beaucoup plus grand que] a l'examen des progr[c]s de l'ach[c]vement du projet du port en eau profonde a Enfidha (Gouvernorat de Sousse), devenu depuis peu enjeu [beaucoup plus grand que]conomique r[beaucoup plus grand que]gional, parfois mA*me r[beaucoup plus grand que]gionaliste, et national, et les solutions institutionnelles et juridiques pour acc[beaucoup plus grand que]l[beaucoup plus grand que]rer son ach[c]vement.
Cela fait 9 ans d[beaucoup plus grand que]ja que l'artiste Miloud Labied nous a quitt[beaucoup plus grand que]s pour rejoindre d'autres cieux, plus calmes et sereins.
Le Conseil de paix et de s[beaucoup plus grand que]curit[beaucoup plus grand que] de l'Union africaine s'est r[beaucoup plus grand que]uni, hier, en fin d'aprs-midi, A Addis-Abeba (Ethiopie).
O n a mis[beaucoup plus grand que] sur un point, on en est revenu avec trois, faisant ainsi le plein.
Les journ[beaucoup plus grand que]es cin[beaucoup plus grand que]matographiques de Carthage, ce sont d'abord des images, beaucoup d'images mais aussi des chiffres; et ils sont [beaucoup plus grand que]loquentsA : 180 films, 60 projections et plus de 200A 000 spectateurs attendus.
Cette haute sollicitude Royale s'est traduite, par ailleurs, par le soutien pr[beaucoup plus grand que]cieux qu'a apport[beaucoup plus grand que] le Souverain au d[beaucoup plus grand que]partement d'arts islamiques du mus[beaucoup plus grand que]e du Louvre de Paris, notamment pour la r[beaucoup plus grand que]alisation du Pavillon des arts de l'Islam.