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grand tour

noun
1.
an extended tour of Europe, formerly regarded as a necessary part of the education of young British gentlemen.
2.
an extended tour of any region or country.
3.
a comprehensive guided tour or inspection, as of a building, exhibit, or military installation.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70
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British Dictionary definitions for grand-tour

grand tour

noun
1.
(formerly) an extended tour through the major cities of Europe, esp one undertaken by a rich or aristocratic Englishman to complete his education
2.
(informal) an extended sightseeing trip, tour of inspection, etc
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Idioms and Phrases with grand-tour

grand tour

A comprehensive tour, survey, or inspection. For example, They took me on a grand tour of their new house, or The new chairman will want to make a grand tour of all the branches. Starting in the late 1600s this term was used for a tour of the major European cities, considered essential to a well-bred man's education. In the mid-1800s it was extended to more general use.
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