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.
Recent Examples on the Web In Padres terms, an 8,000-seat arena wouldn’t be akin to a Fernando Tatis Jr. grand slam. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 Nadal has won a record 13 French Open titles, the grand slam played on clay, and 62 of his 88 ATP singles titles on the surface. Jacob Gurvis And Emily Burack,, 3 Dec. 2021 Posey's grand slam in the top of the 5th in Cincinnati off of Reds starter Mat Latos capped a six-run inning for the Giants in a 6-4 win. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 Adam Duvall, one of four outfielders Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos acquired at the trade deadline, hit the first grand slam in the first inning since Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 Trailing three games to one, the Astros erupted for 12 hits Sunday night to overcome Adam Duvall’s first-inning grand slam and beat the Braves 9-5, guaranteeing a Game 6 in Houston, set for Tuesday night. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Oct. 2021 And with a mighty swing, Duvall sent it soaring to right field, crushing only the ninth first-inning grand slam in postseason history. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Government officials last week declared international players would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to be granted entry into Australia for the first grand slam of the year (Jan. 17-30). Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Houston’s rookie righty Luis Garcia — who lasted only one inning (five runs, three walks, one grand slam) in Game 2 — pitched the game of his life Friday, no-hitting the Sox for five full innings., 23 Oct. 2021

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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 25 Jan. 2022.

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