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Definition of grand slam 

1 baseball : a home run hit with the bases loaded … the Dodgers' Eric Karros has a shot to become the first player in history to get 200 career home runs without a grand slam.— Tim Kurkjian

2a usually Grand Slam

(1) : the winning of all four of the most significant championships in a particular sport in the same year used especially in tennis and golf … with … Nadal spoiling Federer's bid for the Grand Slam by beating him on the clay at the French Open.— Sean Gregory"And so to St. Andrews to begin the quest for the Grand Slam," he [Bobby Jones] wrote.— Dave Anderson also : the winning of all four such championships during the course of one's career Woods … could become the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam, at age 24. — Clifton Brown

(2) : one of the championships that comprise a Grand Slam : major entry 2 sense 6 "Last year she was a little hungrier," says Davenport's coach, Robert Van't Hof. "She hadn't won a Grand Slam yet."— Diane K. Shah often used before another noun a Grand Slam event/tournamentGraf was 17 when she won the first of her 21 Grand Slam titles here in 1987 …— Robin Finn

b : a clean sweep or total success

3 : the winning of all the tricks in one hand of a card game (such as bridge) Once, looking over Grace's shoulder, I saw her make a grand slam in clubs when the highest trump card in her hand was the nine.— William Maxwell

Examples of grand slam in a Sentence

He made a grand slam.

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The last time a pitcher pinch-hit a grand slam was 1953. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: After Annapolis killings, Doc asks what the hell is wrong with us," 2 July 2018 Lincoln-Way East 10, Riverside-Brookfield 0: Taylor Hochman had a grand slam and six RBIs for East (16-1). Lincoln-Way West 13, Lemont 8: Dani Callahan homered and drove in four runs for West (13-10). Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Local roundup: Jacqueline Aleman goes all-in as Lemont tops Downers North in girls soccer," 6 May 2018 He must be excited about this year's course, the east course at Merion, the place where Bobby Jones clinched his grand slam in 1930. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 Artie Lewicki pitched 4⅓ innings and gave up six runs, including a grand slam, in a 12-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers 'kicked in the gut' in 5-4 loss, their sixth straight," 25 June 2018 The Detroit Tigers had inflicted enough damage before Pillar's highlight-reel grab, as Castellanos broke a tie in the fifth inning with his fourth career grand slam. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Nicholas Castellanos, Jordan Zimmermann help Tigers end skid, 9-1," 1 July 2018 But Yankees first baseman Greg Bird’s grand slam against the Orioles on Wednesday didn’t receive that treatment. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles suspend Papa John's 'Five Runs or More' promotion after founder's resignation," 12 July 2018 Debate has raged over what would be the greater achievement -- a 15th major for Woods after his life skirmishes and four back surgeries, or old rival Phil Mickelson finally landing a US Open after six runner-up spots to secure the career grand slam. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open 2018: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson still moving US Open needle," 13 June 2018 Instead, Betts saw nine more pitches and blasted a grand slam over the Green Monster on pitch No. 13. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Watch Mookie Betts’ entire 13-pitch grand slam at-bat for Boston in one minute," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of grand slam

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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