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He imagined he heard Brennan saying: "A grandstander, a grandstander to the last."

Understand, when I say he's a grandstander I don't mean that he isn't sincere in his crusade to clean up the city.

He's simply a grandstander in the way he does things and that makes it impossible for him to ever be a truly big man.

A grandstander, a man who plays to the crowd instead of playing the game for what it's worth.

WORD ORIGIN

"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand (adj.)+ stand. The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.

Cf. British gallery hit (1882) "showy play by a batsman in cricket, 'intended to gain applause from uncritical spectators'" [OED]. Related: grandstanding.

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