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1Marking or celebrating a departure:‘a going-away party’
- ‘The going-away fête was held in the Transportation Committee room.’
- ‘By popular demand, I'm considering whether to have a little going-away thingy after work next Friday with the people at my office whom I like.’
- ‘I got her a lunchbox as a going-away present, but there's a story behind it.’
- ‘I played a going-away show with Tommy Banks a few weeks ago; and have done plenty of gigs as a bandleader in my own right.’
- ‘If it's not too late, negotiate some going-away perks.’
- ‘When she saw the guy years later, she thanked him for the lovely going-away present.’
- ‘He also left a going-away present by making available the unaccompanied raps from all 14 of the album's songs.’
- ‘Some wanted to give me a going-away party or present, others wanted me to bring them something back as souvenirs when I get back, while few couldn't care less if I go or not.’
- ‘As far as any of us can tell, there hasn't been any sort of effort made to plan any sort of going-away party or whatever for her departure, which, as much as I can't stand her, is really sad for someone who has worked at a place for six years.’
- ‘I used to work next door and for my going-away celebration at Figaro's my boss didn't even show.’
- ‘Before I left I had a going-away party and I took many photos of my friends with a new digital camera I had been given as a present.’
- ‘Anytime we were having an office function or maybe a going-away party for a member of our staff we always retired to Paddy's for the get-together.’
- ‘Kevin organised a going-away party in Greaney's on Friday night last, September 20, and will shortly be leaving for Ghana on voluntary work.’
- ‘This is the weird cake they gave me at the obligatory awkward going-away party at my old job.’
- ‘Ten years later, he left the industry to retire but not without sharing a going-away gift of $50,000.’
- ‘The course and club staff threw a going-away party for him at the Strand Bar in Strandhill last month, where the veteran was given a presentation of a television and DVD player, in recognition of his fondness for films.’
- ‘But friends who released photos taken that night say Lori and Mark seemed happy at a going-away party held in their honor.’
- ‘His going-away party started in the afternoon, and I was around for the beginning, but I had to leave for a four-hour shift at my janitor's job.’
- ‘And I had to do some flitting around anyway, because my friend Noel is moving back to Dublin and had a bit of an informal going-away bash.’
- ‘One night shortly before Levi left the last time, the family held a going-away party in the garage.’
- 1.1 (of a bride's clothes) to be worn while leaving for her honeymoon:‘she's changing into her going-away outfit’
- ‘I've been around the block once before, having endured the entire formal wedding routine, replete with showers, reception, gowns, and going-away clothes.’
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