verb (used without object), grand·stand·ed, grand·stand·ing.
Examples from the Web for grandstanding
It is grandstanding for a right rarely protected unless under immediate attack.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On Borgen, grandstanding and deceit still plague the political process.‘Borgen’: The Television Show That Could Solve the Government Shutdown|Andrew Romano|October 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, investors have learned to ignore the lunacy and approach D.C. grandstanding with a certain amount of cynicism.Shutdown? What Shutdown? It’s Time to Buy U.S. Government Bonds!|Daniel Gross|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nixon, however, demurred; he said that it would be “grandstanding” to speak out, according to his aide William Safire.When Martin Luther King Jr. and Richard Nixon Were Friends|Jeffrey Frank|January 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Grandstanding is best postponed until several days after the danger has passed.Which Politician Best Navigated Hurricane Sandy’s Surge?|Michelle Cottle|October 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At any time he was ready with a sneer for what he called the cowpuncher's "grandstanding."Steve Yeager|William MacLeod Raine
The sort of grandstanding the Karna were putting on had to be played to an audience.In Case of Fire|Gordon Randall Garrett
If he's just doing a lot of grandstanding or if he's playing someone's political game, that's another thing.Spring Street|James H. Richardson
You fellows better cut out the grandstanding and have a look west.A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.|Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for grandstanding
- a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
- (as modifier)grandstand tickets
Word Origin and History for grandstanding
"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.