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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

To travel 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. Our play is going on tour to the West Coast for six weeks this fall.
See also: go, 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.
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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.
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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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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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The Mountain and Forest Lodges offer a unique opportunity to explore several distinct ecosystems, from scuba diving on the world's most southern coral reefs to touring colorful palm savannah and enjoying the vistas from the Ubombo Mountains.
As far as touring is concerned, Murphy's Law is very much in effect: if something can go wrong, it will.
The husband-and-wife duo had often led small groups on touring engagements and decided to make a more ongoing commitment.
"We saw the problems of larger touring companies, whether in the States or abroad--how expensive it is to bring huge companies to the smaller communities," Fugate explains.
The two have been doing it all, from assembling a board of directors to booking the touring engagements.
"This was the school I survived," says Jose, "and to survive I had to learn." He spent seven years in the tablaos, touring Japan, Spain, and other parts of Europe.
ADT is partly funded by the government of South Australia, and ADT's board has implied that the company has spent too much time touring overseas and not enough time touring at home.
WASHINGTON--1996 was a dismal year for performing arts touring: Arts America's vital touring program was eliminated, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) virtually eliminated all grants to individual choreographers and artists, as well as eliminating dance and presenters as separate categories under its new grant restructuring.
NDP was developed by NEFA, both as a response to funding cuts by the NEA, and out of a need to develop and maintain relationships between presenters and artists for producing and touring. "Our goal," says NEFA executive director Samuel Miller, "is to sustain dance by supporting artist/presenter partnerships through funding that acknowledges the link between making and showing work." The emphasis is not just on new work, but on ensuring audience access, says deputy director Rebecca Blunk.
In January the cycle was completed as the companies were allocated the additional $500,000 to support touring. The tour plans tentatively submitted reflect the broad reach of the NDP, from rural locales to urban centers.
Touring the United States at this time is a company that calls itself by various names--the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Ensemble, Principal Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Ensemble of 50, and Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet.
He explained to me, through a translator, the problems involved with an unsanctioned company misrepresenting the Bolshoi in America: "This makes it very difficult to organize a tour of the real Bolshoi and the quality of the [Grigorovich] company now touring under the Bolshoi name is very low.