grand slam


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 nouna 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Querrey has not won a grand slam singles title in his career but did reach the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2017. CNN, "US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus," 15 Oct. 2020 This Series featured the only World Series triple play, the first World Series grand slam (Cleveland’s Elmer Smith) and the first World Series home run by a pitcher (Cleveland’s Jim Bagby). Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers World Series history: 20 times they played for title," 19 Oct. 2020 After hitting a grand slam in the opener, Stanton launched two more long balls in Game 2 of the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay, including that massive fourth-inning homer to the highest, deepest reaches of San Diego's ballpark. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Stanton's 2 big homers not enough to power Yankees in Game 2," 6 Oct. 2020 Stanton crushed his first career postseason grand slam Monday night and the Yankees battered the Rays in a 9-3 win in the first game of the American League Division Series at Petco Park. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees’ postseason rampage continues as Giancarlo Stanton grand slam caps blowout Game 1 win," 6 Oct. 2020 Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam in ninth caps four-homer night for Bronx Bombers offense Gerrit Cole watched helplessly from the Houston bullpen a year ago, a spectator rather than a participant during Game 7 of the World Series won by Washington. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yankees support Cole with four HRs, beat Rays 9-3 in Game 1 of ALDS," 5 Oct. 2020 Renfroe launched the first playoff grand slam in franchise history during a six-run second inning. Fred Goodall,, "Fired up Rays eager to extend postseason run," 1 Oct. 2020 The 2016 National League Most Valuable Player, who endured four days of getting barbecued on social media after suffering his latest injury, hit a single and a grand slam in his first two at-bats of a 9-5 Chicago Cubs loss to the White Sox. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant responds to critics with his bat — and some profanity — after hitting a grand slam in the Cubs’ loss to the White Sox," 27 Sep. 2020 Their own luxury suites in the stadium that usually go to corporate sponsors of the tennis grand slam in New York. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Tennis players hit the suite spot at the US Open with private viewing room access," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grand slam

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Grand slam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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