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grand tour

an extended tour of Europe, formerly regarded as a necessary part of the education of young British gentlemen.
an extended tour of any region or country.
a comprehensive guided tour or inspection, as of a building, exhibit, or military installation.
Origin of grand tour
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I fancy he wants to make the most of poor me, and so takes me the grand tour.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • When the summer came, or on the 1st of August, we started on a grand tour about England.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • In the dream, Desmond was naturally to be the leading spirit of their grand tour.

  • Mark, as guide, let business go as he led them on his grand tour of Chinatown.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • Uncle ought to have let me make the grand tour, and then I could have enlarged my mind.

    Wee Wifie Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for grand tour

grand tour

(formerly) an extended tour through the major cities of Europe, esp one undertaken by a rich or aristocratic Englishman to complete his education
(informal) an extended sightseeing trip, tour of inspection, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with grand 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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