grandstand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grandstand perform ostentatiously in order to impress the audience and with an eye to the applause "She never misses a chance to grandstand"
    • n grandstand a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof
    • n grandstand the audience at a stadium or racetrack
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Grandstand an elevated erection on a race-course, &c., affording a good view
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Quotations

  • P. L. Debevoise
    P. L. Debevoise
    “Life begins when you get out of the grandstand into the game.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. grand—L. grandis, great.

Usage

In literature:

Outside, there were carpenters hammering professionally upon a hasty grandstand of timber.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Why shouldn't we be when our fiancee sat in a box in the grandstand and cheered us impartially?
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
You can go in and make grandstand plays and get carried off the field, but that won't do.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Moreover, the elder Siebold's money built our grandstand, the dressing-rooms and hired our pitchers for quite a while.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Aunt Sallie sat with Mrs. Morton in the grandstand.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
The barrier was up, and the roar shook the grandstand.
"The 1926 Tatler" by Various
A few trolley cars had stopped, though not stalled, and groups of curious on-lookers had crowded in for a grandstand view.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
Down in the grandstand the supporters of Rockville and of Oak Hall were having lively discussions over the merits of the two elevens.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
And the grandstand was only a frail, wooden affair, nothing like the big one at Robison Field, in St. Louis.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
Making a grandstand play of it.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
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In poetry:

But Nell's sister was not a long liver,
Though the girl was as strong as a haddock,
But one day on the course she got kicked by a horse
Between the grandstand and the paddock.
"The Bookmaker’s Daughter 1934" by Billy Bennett
And the grandstand from Buckingham Palace to Temple Bar,
Was crowded with eager eyes from afar,
Looking on the floral decorations and flags unfurled,
Which has been the grandest spectacle ever seen in the world.
"The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The 80-year-old stadium grandstands are being removed.
Music fans encounter more issues with State Fair Grandstand tickets Saturday morning.
Enough with the senseless grandstanding.
Slurp down a half-dozen of the raw, freshly shucked oysters sold in the grandstand in the shaded seating area near the Lagniappe stage.
A team from the East End and one from Wilkinsburg were getting ready to play when shots were fired in the grandstand at 10:08 a.m.
But the Obama administration's decision to force Israel and the Palestinian Authority to sit down for peace talks strikes me as nothing but mere grandstanding.
Musicians in Friday's rare all-local grandstand concert compare notes on the past vs the present.
Indianapolis Fire Department personnel and paramedics tend to the victims of a stage collapse before a concert at the Indiana State Fair Grandstands Saturday night.
"What's really great about the Harrington Raceway and Casino is that the grandstand of yesteryear is still there," Lafferty said.
A public meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for a proposed 67-acre housing development site behind the grandstand of Issaquah High School.
People in the shelter will have access to indoor toilets, showers and laundry facilities, as well as the Monmouth Cafe concession area within the grandstand, Bowden said.
Use HRA money to save grandstand.
When the State Fair opens its 12-day run today (Thursday), Heckmann and her merry band of family members and friends will return to the State Fair Grandstand booth where she will begin her 20th year of selling L'Paige lipsticks .
What will the new Rottle Field grandstands look like .
Mower County mulls burning Grandstand.
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