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1 (usually Grand Slam) ( trademark in the UK) A set of major championships or matches in a particular sport in the same year, in particular tennis, golf, or rugby union: the tennis Grand Slam consists of the four most difficult major tournaments on the international circuit
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  • He's going for the third leg of the Grand Slam.
  • Going into the French Open, he had never won a match at a Grand Slam event.
  • The major tournaments that now make up the grand slam have changed.
1.1Any of the individual championships that comprise a Grand Slam: the season’s final Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows
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  • Wimbledon fourth seed David Nalbandian has withdrawn from this week's grass court grand slam with an abdominal injury.
  • He responded by winning three of the year's four grand slam events.
  • It's hard to say how many times we are going to play each other here, let alone in a grand slam final.
1.2The winning of all the individual championships that comprise a Grand Slam: the Springboks' dreams of a first Grand Slam since 1961 were ended by defeats against Ireland and England
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  • At the end of last year England blew their latest grand slam in the long-delayed match against Ireland.
  • It would be great to be European champions in a World Cup year but a grand slam is a grand slam.
  • Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Margaret Court Smith in 1970 achieved grand slams among the women.
2 Bridge The bidding and winning of all thirteen tricks.
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  • A contract to make all 13 tricks is called a grand slam.
3 Baseball A home run hit when each of the three bases is occupied by a runner, thus scoring four runs.
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  • He belted four grand slams during the 1968 regular season.
  • Through the 2004 season, there have been 182 inside-the-park grand slams hit in major league history by 163 different players.
  • Through the 2004 season, Jeter has never hit a grand slam in the major leagues, although he has connected for a total of 149 career home runs.


Early 19th century (as a term in cards, especially bridge): from slam (sense 4 of the noun).

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