Definition of grand slam in English:

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noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

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