Definition of grandstander
: one who behaves or performs in a way meant to attract attention and impress onlookers … is regarded by critics as an inveterate grandstander whose grandiose actions could lead to his excommunication …— Richard N. Ostling et al. In this community that fostered conformity and the work ethic, some considered Campbell flamboyant. Critics said he was a hotdog, a grandstander.— Jack Smith … he was simultaneously applauded by admirers as a hero and reviled by critics as a grandstander.— Howard Markel A brilliant, combative grandstander who clowned in costumes, kissed catfish and crawled through the seal house in Central Park to get publicity … .— Robert D. McFadden
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