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[gran-stand, grand-] /ˈgrænˌstænd, ˈgrænd-/
the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats.
the people sitting in these seats.
verb (used without object), grandstanded, grandstanding.
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.
situated in a grandstand:
grandstand seats.
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.
intended to impress an onlooker or onlookers:
a grandstand catch.
Origin of grandstand
1835-45; grand + stand
Related forms
grandstander, noun Unabridged
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  • You fellows better cut out the grandstanding and have a look west.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • At any time he was ready with a sneer for what he called the cowpuncher's "grandstanding."

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • 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
  • The sort of grandstanding the Karna were putting on had to be played to an audience.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for grandstanding


/ˈɡrænˌstænd; ˈɡrænd-/
  1. a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
  2. (as modifier): grandstand tickets
the spectators in a grandstand
(modifier) as if from a grandstand; unimpeded (esp in the phrase grandstand view)
(intransitive) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to behave ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers
Derived Forms
grandstander, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grandstanding



: a grandstand catch


To play or perform in a brilliant and spectacular way, esp in order to get the approval of an audience; hot dog, show off: Coach told him to stop grandstanding and take care of business (1895+ Students)

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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