grandstand

[gran-stand, grand-]
noun
1.
the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats.
2.
the people sitting in these seats.
verb (used without object), grandstanded, grandstanding.
3.
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.
adjective
4.
situated in a grandstand: grandstand seats.
5.
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.
6.
intended to impress an onlooker or onlookers: a grandstand catch.

Origin:
1835–45; grand + stand

grandstander, noun
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grandstand (ˈɡrænˌstænd, ˈɡrænd-)
 
n
1.  a.  a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
 b.  (as modifier): grandstand tickets
2.  the spectators in a grandstand
3.  (modifier) as if from a grandstand; unimpeded (esp in the phrase grandstand view)
 
vb
4.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) to behave ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers
 
'grandstander
 
n

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Word Origin & History

grandstand
"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand + 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]
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Slang Dictionary

grandstand definition


  1. in.
    to make oneself conspicuous. : Don't you just hate the way that Pat grandstands all the time?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The only purpose of the meetings is for grandstanding and posturing.
The sheer size of the fine had an element of grandstanding about it.
Old gripes and grudges are getting a thorough airing on both sides and politicians are grandstanding.
But the problem with being the grandstanding actor in real life is that you're stuck on a stage of your own making.
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