grandstand
I. noun Date: 1831 1. a usually roofed stand for spectators at a racecourse or stadium 2. audience II. adjective Date: 1888 done for show or to impress onlookers <
a grandstand play
>
III. intransitive verb Date: 1900 to play or act so as to impress onlookers • grandstander noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grandstand — (n.) main seating for spectators at an outdoor event, 1834, from GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.)+ STAND (Cf. stand). The verb meaning to show off is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888. It s little… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grandstand — [grand′stand΄] n. the main seating structure for spectators at a sporting event, etc. vi. ☆ Informal to try to gain the applause or admiration of an audience by or as by making an unnecessarily showy play (grandstand play), as in baseball… …   English World dictionary

  • grandstand — [v] show off be ostentatious, be vain, flaunt it*, hot dog*, parade, play to the crowd, prance, put on airs*, showboat*, strut, swagger; concept 261 …   New thesaurus

  • grandstand — ► NOUN ▪ the main stand at a racecourse or sports ground …   English terms dictionary

  • Grandstand — For the BBC TV programme, see Grandstand (BBC). For the ABC s sports coverage banner, see ABC Radio Grandstand. A grandstand is a large and normally permanent structure for seating spectators, most often at a racetrack. This includes both auto… …   Wikipedia

  • grandstand — grandstander, n. /gran stand , grand /, n., v., grandstanded, grandstanding, adj. n. 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… …   Universalium

  • grandstand — UK [ˈɡræn(d)ˌstænd] / US noun [countable] Word forms grandstand : singular grandstand plural grandstands a large structure with rows of seats from which people watch sports events • a grandstand view (of something) a view of something in which… …   English dictionary

  • grandstand — /ˈgrænstænd / (say granstand), /ˈgrænd / (say grand ) noun 1. the principal stand for spectators at a racecourse, athletic field, etc. 2. the people sitting in the grandstand. –verb (i) 3. to behave ostentatiously in order to impress or win… …   Australian English dictionary

  • grandstand —    American    to accentuate a difficulty in order to win praise    Where the spectators whom you wish to impress are located, but the expression is not confined to sport:     I relied on you to grandstand enough to let her get wise to you.… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • grandstand — grand·stand || grændstændÉ™(r) n. seating area for spectators (at athletic events, parades, etc.) adj. located in a grandstand; having a view which resembles the view seen from a grandstand v. do something in order to win applause from the… …   English contemporary dictionary

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