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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.
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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.
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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

grandstand play

An ostentatious action; behavior designed to attract maximum attention. The term comes from nineteenth-century American baseball, where certain players deliberately sought the attention and favor of the spectators in the grandstands. It appeared in one of W. K. Post’s Harvard Stories of 1893: “They all hold on to something. . . . To faint or fall over would be a grand-stand play.”
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Helena Pettit, managing director of Grandstand - Stoneleigh Events, said: "It is great for all of the teams within Grandstand Group to be working together under the same roof at Stoneleigh Park as it will create further opportunities and allow for greater efficiency.
Colin Hooper, estates director at Stoneleigh Park, said: "e relocation of a national company here and the investment plans by Grandstand - Stoneleigh Events add to the revitalisation of Stoneleigh Park by LaSalle Investment Management which has pledged PS50million to transform it into a centre of agricultural excellence over the next 15 years."
Tickets range from BD150 ($388.6) for all three days at the Main Grandstand to BD60 for three days at the University and Victory grandstands.
Founded in 1999, Grandstand is one of the largest providers of unique memorabilia in the sports and entertainment industry.
Admission to the new facility is priced at PS36, or PS10 to existing grandstand ticket holders.
of Somerville has been awarded the contract to replace the roof on the grandstand.
The Grandstand Group Ltd, which runs the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham, has announced that founding director Mark Wein is leaving.
The following areas of Ninian Park will be open: Popular Bank Terrace, Spar Family Stand, Upper Grandstand blocks C, D, E and F, lower grandstand Canton End and the John Smiths away end.
The project extends the original '60s grandstand to accommodate 12000 spectators, together with press and VIP facilities.
The Premier Enclosure is already sold out for Plate day but grandstand and paddock tickets are still available.
50); tickets in the Kop Grandstand are pounds 28 (pounds 21 over65s).
Premium Grandstand, standard match, early bird price, adult: pounds 22