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    grand slam

    I just happend to think about the meaning of each word in "grand slam", which allegedly came from four successive victories in tennis. But what do you think "slam" here means? "slam" just means "pushing something", but how does it refer to success?

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    Re: grand slam

    Grand slam originally came from the card game of bridge, but the idea of 4 comes from the sport of baseball, where a batter hits a home run with the bases loaded. This means 4 runs are scored on the one swing of the bat. This is the most that can be scored on one play.

    So the ball is indeed slammed by the batter, over the fences and out of the playing field. And it is a "grand" play.

    The idea that winning 4 tournaments in tennis (or golf or any other sport) is a "grand slam," borrows on the 4 runs scored in the baseball grand slam.

    Grand slam (baseball) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You can even get a "grand slam" breakfast featuring eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage.

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    Re: grand slam

    But in the link, "slamming the door on one's opponent" is the origin. I don't know what it means.
    In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners ("bases loaded"), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play. According to The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, the term originated in the card game of contract bridge, in which a grand slam involves taking all the possible tricks. The word slam, by itself, usually is connected with a loud sound, particularly of a door being closed with excess force; thus, slamming the door on one's opponent(s). The term was extended to various sports, such as golf and tennis, for sweeping a sport's major tournaments.

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