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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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  • That gives her a great chance of at least matching her best Grand Slam performance to date, a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon in 1997.
  • Naturally when you start winning matches in a Grand Slam, it is bound to have a snowballing effect in terms of gaining confidence.
  • She's 46-0 in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
1.1Any of the individual championships that comprise a Grand Slam: the season’s final Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows
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  • Tiger Woods did not win a major in 2003, and golf was energised, for the first time since 1969 all four grand slams were won by different men.
  • My goal at the start of the season was to try and play in as many of the grand slams as I could, and I'm really excited about Wimbledon.
  • Federer, the top-ranked player in the world, won three of the four grand slams on offer in 2004 but the French Open was not one of them.
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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