Definition of send-off in US English:



  • A celebratory demonstration of goodwill at a person's departure.

    ‘I got an affectionate send-off from my colleagues’
    • ‘He got a great send-off and he deserved every bit of it.’
    • ‘It was the ideal send-off and how I wanted it to be.’
    • ‘His family and friends and work colleagues gathered at Pat Sheehan's pub in Firies last Friday to give him the send-off he fully deserves.’
    • ‘But when his life-saving skills seemed to fail, he decided to give Fatty Neil and Slim a decent send-off with some of his favourite tipple.’
    • ‘Wherever he goes, he will depart with the best wishes of the fans and I expect him to be given a warm send-off today - that is the Rangers way of doing things.’
    • ‘Both were given a fitting send-off from friends and colleagues.’
    • ‘I had a marvellous send-off and quickly and quite happily settled into a new routine, including a part-time job.’
    • ‘We currently seem to believe that the more flamboyant the send-off, as our nearest and dearest exit stage left, the more virtuous or enlightened a breed we are.’
    • ‘Queen Ida, landlady of the Slip Inn for 24 years, was given a grand send-off at her funeral at Milnrow Parish Church on Monday.’
    • ‘On Friday 20th there will be a massive send-off from St. Patrick's Square.’
    • ‘The aircraft will be raised on deck for 90 minutes for the farewell send-off.’
    • ‘In Japan, few rituals are as tightly scripted as the send-off for the dearly departed.’
    • ‘The arrival of my family, friends and colleagues for the send-off was a huge boost to my morale and I am very grateful that they had all made such an effort to be here.’
    • ‘One of Calderdale's most colourful characters got the send-off he wanted when a barge carrying his coffin ferried him to his final resting place.’
    • ‘A celebration assembly and a presentation from staff and governors at the Antrobus Arms Hotel in Amesbury also ensured Mr Ruck had a good send-off.’
    • ‘As a fitting send-off to this stalwart of the York amateur stage scene, the society will be looking to emulate the sell-out success of Oliver!’
    • ‘When some people leave their jobs here at the mag they get a big send-off and a pizza party.’
    • ‘The players ensured though that the father-figure went out on a top note, by clinching promotion to Yorkshire One and then giving him a send-off to remember.’
    • ‘It is unfortunate that the government or the Sports Association do not have money to give a send-off to our athletes.’
    • ‘Their only concern is giving yesterday's heroes a fitting send-off and that might yet prove their downfall.’
    farewell, goodbye, adieu, leave-taking, valediction, going-away party
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