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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
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
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grandstand play

noun phrase
  1. A play made with special brilliance and brio, esp in order to impress the spectators
  2. Any action, speech, tactic, etc, designed to appeal to spectators; a tour de force: The President's pronouncement's just a grandstand play (1888+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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