Meaning of grandstand play

grand'stand play"

Pronunciation: [key]
  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.
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