grand stand play

grandstand play

noun
1.
an ostentatious play, as in a sport, overemphasized deliberately to elicit applause from spectators.
2.
any action or attempt designed to win approval or to make a strong impression: His going to work on Christmas was another of his grandstand plays.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism

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