verb (used without object), grand·stand·ed, grand·stand·ing.
- grandstand finish,
- grandstand play,
- grandstand play, make a,
Origin of grandstand
Examples from the Web for grandstand
And my father is a jockey so when I saw his picture I knew it was a grandstand at a racetrack.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everyone knew it, because when the ambulance pulled away from the grandstand, it was not going fast.
Before the race she met dignitaries in the grandstand, including Amanda Elliott, the vice chairman of the Victoria Racing Club.
Rep. Stevan Pearce used his turn either to express his outrage or to grandstand, or likely both.Jon Corzine Can’t Answer $1.2 Billion Question About MF Global at Hearing|Michael Daly|December 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Seizing a megaphone, once again she sprang to the grass before the grandstand.Mystery Wings|Roy J. Snell
The girls stood up in the grandstand and waved their banners gaily.The Rover Boys at Colby Hall|Arthur M. Winfield
People on the grandstand heard the sweet childish cry of joy and saw Dollie a moment after come to a standstill.A Little Florida Lady|Dorothy C. Paine
I ought to know, she said dryly, since I can see the top of the grandstand this minute.The Lucky Seventh|Ralph Henry Barbour
They were at a section of the grandstand at the end of the field.And Then the Town Took Off|Richard Wilson
- a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
- (as modifier)grandstand tickets
"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand (adj.)+ stand. The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.
It's little things of this sort which makes the 'grand stand player.' They make impossible catches, and when they get the ball they roll all over the field. [M.J. Kelly, "Play Ball," 1888]
Cf. British gallery hit (1882) "showy play by a batsman in cricket, 'intended to gain applause from uncritical spectators'" [OED]. Related: grandstanding.