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grandstand play, make a

Show off, act ostentatiously, as in His colleagues were annoyed with Tom for constantly making a grandstand play at sales conferences. This expression was first used for a baseball play made to impress the crowd in the grandstand (the section of high-priced seats at ballparks). [Second half of 1800s] For a synonym, see play to the gallery.

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Nearby words

grandsire, grandson, grandstand, grandstand finish, grandstand play, grandstand play, make a, grandstanding, granduncle, grandview, grandville, grange
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