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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.
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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.
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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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Friday-only tickets to the Batelco Grandstand will be available for BD60 apiece.
Club upgrades are available on three-day grandstand tickets and provide access to an informal club with fantastic facilities including TVs showing all the racing action, outdoor seating, plus a private a la carte restaurant with cash bar.
The grandstand measuring 14.5 metres long by five metres deep, by seven metres high, would be on the south side of the enclosed pitch.
Approximately 10,500 fans can be seated at the Main Grandstand, which offers a perfect view of the starting grid and chequered flag, the Formula One pit lane and the podium.
This year Saturday grandstand seats cost pounds 20 and pounds 25.
A World Trade Center museum would be located beneath the grandstands.
The two new grandstands the Leaches built on the west side of the track would remain off-limits until they secure permits, Russell Leach said.
Friday-only tickets to the Batelco Grandstand are also available for BD60 apiece.
Tickets can be purchased for the Batelco Grandstand for BD108, while the University and Victory Grandstand tickets are now priced at BD54 each.
The BIC Early Bird Discount is also available for the Batelco Grandstand (BD108), University Grandstands and Victory Grandstands (BD54 each) at 10 per cent off.
The Early Bird discount also covers Friday Roaming Tickets, which gives the holder the opportunity to move around the circuit freely and watch the weekend's practice sessions from any of the strategically located grandstands. After the 15 per cent reduction, the roaming ticket costs BD55.
The BBC has a new suite with commentary platform, built as the retaining structure under promenade level, that links grandstands and the top of the terraces.