grandstand

[gran-stand, grand-]
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noun
  1. the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats.
  2. the people sitting in these seats.
verb (used without object), grand·stand·ed, grand·stand·ing.
  1. to conduct oneself or perform showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers: The senator doesn't hesitate to grandstand if it makes her point.
adjective
  1. situated in a grandstand: grandstand seats.
  2. having a vantage point resembling that of a grandstand: From our office windows on the third floor, we had a grandstand view of the parade.
  3. intended to impress an onlooker or onlookers: a grandstand catch.

Origin of grandstand

First recorded in 1835–45; grand + stand
Related formsgrand·stand·er, noun
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Contemporary Examples of grandstander

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  • He imagined he heard Brennan saying: "A grandstander, a grandstander to the last."

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    James H. Richardson

  • Understand, when I say he's a grandstander I don't mean that he isn't sincere in his crusade to clean up the city.

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    James H. Richardson

  • He's simply a grandstander in the way he does things and that makes it impossible for him to ever be a truly big man.

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  • A grandstander, a man who plays to the crowd instead of playing the game for what it's worth.

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British Dictionary definitions for grandstander

grandstand

noun
    1. a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
    2. (as modifier)grandstand tickets
  1. the spectators in a grandstand
  2. (modifier) as if from a grandstand; unimpeded (esp in the phrase grandstand view)
verb
  1. (intr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to behave ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers
Derived Formsgrandstander, noun
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Word Origin and History for grandstander

grandstand

n.

"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.

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