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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.
See also: grandstand, play

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.
See also: grandstand, make

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
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Since then the grandstand has been home only to occasional nesting birds and those few cricket watchers who elect to spectate from its slightly elevated standpoint.
Some witnesses said the fire appeared to start near the center of the grandstand, which is where police arson detective Greg Calef and other officers were digging through the rubble Monday, dwarfed by the 10 metal support columns still standing at the site.
The Living Heritage grant will help to secure the future of the clubs historic grandstand and attract more visitors to local events.
The Batelco Grandstand, priced at BD120, will give visitors the best view of the track, while the Victoria and University Grandstands are priced at BD45-BD70.
Grandstand upper centre: matchday pounds 21 and pounds 16 last season to pounds 25 and pounds 21 next season; early bird pounds 17 and pounds 12.
Pavilion and boathouses are linked by a pedestrian walkway to the grandstand which overlooks the course finishing line.
Work on the huge grandstand is scheduled to finish on schedule and it will be open from July 22.
Admission includes a full day of fun and all major Grandstand acts at no additional cost.
Total quantity or scope: Dei plans to award includes the purchase of two mobile grandstands with chairs.
Your racing-mad Mirror has partnered with the QIPCo British Champions Series to offer you the opportunity of saving pounds 6 on a Grandstand ticket for QIPCo British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15th october 2011.
EPSOM'S grandstand will have a reduced capacity for the Vodafone Derby for the next two seasons while the Surrey course undertakes a pounds 25 million re-development and modernisation programme, writes Paul Binfield.
Grandstand centre: adults pounds 13, concessions pounds 10 (pounds 15 and pounds 12 on the day).
Conceived as a vast flat elliptical terrace with a pitch recessed into it like a bowl, the centre is an open-air arena with a covered grandstand along its west side.
THE Queen has opened Britain's most expensive racecourse grandstand.
5 million would be endowed by Grandstand - Stoneleigh Events in redeveloping the event and conference facilities at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.