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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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Wozniacki had never won a grand slam, and the winner would take the number one ranking. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "A Night Out With Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee, Sports’ Most Romantic Couple," 11 Dec. 2018 Nine grand slams before the All-Star break matches an MLB record, tying the 2010 New York Yankees, according to Stats LLC. Bobby Nightengale,, "Matt Harvey's start, Jose Peraza's slam lead Cincinnati Reds to win over Milwaukee Brewers," 1 July 2018 With due to respect to a hot Reds team, the Cubs losing four straight games at Great American Ball Park felt a little fluky; two grand slams, two home runs by pitchers, assorted injuries to Kris Bryant and the bullpen. David Haugh,, "Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati should be viewed as a blip, not a red flag," 25 June 2018 Lopez hit his first home run since his demotion, a grand slam that capped the Chihuahuas’ 15-6 win at Salt Lake. Jeff Sanders,, "Raffy Lopez, Chihuahuas break out in win," 9 July 2018 Taking over in the sixth with the Brewers trailing, 3-0, six consecutive batters reached against Wilkerson, who eventually surrendered a grand slam that broke the game open for the Reds. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It was a rough day for Brewers pitcher Aaron Wilkerson," 7 July 2018 Osceola 12, Oak Ridge 2 Buzz: Frankie Santinello had a grand slam, Markeys Taveres had a home run and 3 RBIs, J.P. Clement had a homer with 2 RBIs and Pedro Figueroa hit a solo homer for Osceola (17-4). Staff Report,, "VARSITY SCORES: April 24," 24 Apr. 2018 Lindor hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Royals’ 9-3 loss to the Indians. Maria Torres, kansascity, "A career night from Francisco Lindor dooms Royals, Junis in loss to Indians," 2 July 2018 Six of those runs came on two different swings, including a grand slam in Cleveland on May 1 and a two-run double against the Mariners on April 20. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Game saver: Rangers closer Keone Kela remains perfect in 2018," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of grand slam

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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