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 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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Imagine a walk-off home run off the Cubs bullpen by Ryan Braun, whose ninth-inning grand slam Sunday shocked the Cardinals? Paul Sullivan,, "What’s the worst that can happen to the Cubs this season? Here are 10 scenarios.," 16 Sep. 2019 Sioux City held the lead until Young’s grand slam in the sixth. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Saints top Sioux City to win American Association championship," 14 Sep. 2019 Those are the words of four-time grand slam champion and former world No. Jill Martin, CNN, "Kim Clijsters to come out of retirement, announces return to tennis at 36," 12 Sep. 2019 The options are $100 single sponsor; $200 double sponsor; $300 triple sponsor; $400 homerun sponsor; and $500 grand slam sponsor. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Golf Tournament at Oakmont Green; Manchester to host inaugural Harvest Happenings," 10 Sep. 2019 The Serbian is now 34-1 in his last 35 matches at grand slam tournaments. Jill Martin, CNN, "Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova survive opening-round matches to advance at the US Open," 26 Aug. 2019 Pressly clearly looked hobbled before yielding a go-ahead grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros reliever Ryan Pressly to undergo knee surgery," 22 Aug. 2019 The Giants tore into right-hander Taylor Clarke for five runs in the second, four on Brandon Belt's second career grand slam. Henry Schulman,, "Giants roll D’backs as 22-year-old Logan Webb wins debut, Belt hits slam on six-RBI night," 17 Aug. 2019 His patience ultimately paid off after the Brewers pulled the plug on Saladino, who hit grand slams in consecutive games during his stay but did nothing else offensively. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Somewhat unexpectedly, popular utility man Hernán Pérez is back with the Brewers," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grand slam

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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