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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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’.
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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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1 -- color) Tour participants view landfill operations near discarded appliances Thursday morning at the Simi Valley Landfill Recycling Center.
Not only are three of her songs, including the soul-piercing "Overjoyed," used in Bonnefoux's ballet about two people coming together, but she, along with The Greasy Beans, will play them live on the tour.
Now the university is able to show more of the campus that students traditionally did not get to see on a walking tour, such as the university's Contemporary Art Museum.
It is a self-guided tour, and therefore allows visitors to stop and enjoy destinations of choice.
turned pro in 1966; joined PGA Tour in 1970, earning a career-best $48,486 in 1974; through 1999 had won 12 Senior PGA Tour titles.
Accordingly, the income from the tour program is not unrelated business income.
Most important, select only those people who are superior representatives of your camp to be tour guides, not just anyone who happens to he available.
And for the really exotic walking tour, many are "trekking" in locales like Nepal, India, Patagonia and Bali.
If the entire foundry floor is covered with sand, tour guides aren't enthusiastic and helpful, and workers are gathered around broken equipment, it'll send a serious message to your customers about the company's priorities and what kind of working relationship they might expect.
Beginning in March, those who start their loan request from a unique LendingTree/PGA TOUR web site may be eligible to receive PGA TOUR rewards after closing on a refinance, purchase mortgage or home equity loan.
When your out-of-town guests descend on you this summer, urge them to skip the standard bus tour of Hollywood and the ``stars' homes.
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