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grand slam

Bridge. the winning of all thirteen tricks of a deal.
Compare little slam.
Also, grand-slammer. Baseball. a home run with three runners on base.
Sports. the winning by a single player of several designated major championship contests in one season, as in golf or tennis.
any sweeping success or total victory.
Origin of grand slam
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All four played well, and when at last Miss Carrington made a grand slam her joy was effervescent.

    The Curved Blades Carolyn Wells
  • I had to partner him at bridge, and brought off a grand slam.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • If he had showed his ace, the villain, I should have declared a grand slam in no trumps!

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • I declared a little slam in clubs yesterday, and made a grand slam!

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • That grand slam had wrecked the bridge, pinning the commander under the wreckage.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for grand slam

grand slam

(bridge) the winning of 13 tricks by one player or side or the contract to do so
(tennis, golf)
  1. the winning of all major competitions in a season, esp in tennis and golf
  2. one of the 4 major competitions in a season in tennis
(often capital) (rugby Union) the winning of all five games in the annual Six Nations Championship involving England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy Compare triple crown (sense 3)
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Slang definitions & phrases for grand slam

grand slam


: grand-slam home run

noun phrase

  1. The winning of all the goals, games, prizes, etc, available; total comprehensive victory: Nobody won the tennis grand slam last year (1814+)
  2. grand slammer (1940+ Baseball)

[fr a bridge term for winning all the tricks in one hand]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with grand slam

grand slam

A sweeping success or total victory, as in This presentation gave us a grand slam—every buyer placed an order. This term originated in the early 1800s in the card game of whist (forerunner of contract bridge), where it refers to the taking of all thirteen tricks. It later was extended to bridge and various sports, where it has different meanings: in baseball, a home run hit with runners on all the bases, resulting in four runs for the team; in tennis, winning all four national championships in a single calendar year; in golf, winning all four major championships. In the 1990s the term was used for four related proposals presented on a ballot at once.
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