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bid (someone or something) adieu

1. To say goodbye to someone. "Adieu" is a French valediction that literally means "to God." Unfortunately, I've got a train to catch, so I must bid you all adieu now. It was hard bidding college adieu, but I knew deep down that it was time to move on.
2. To part with something, such as a possession. It's time for you to bid these ratty old t-shirts adieu. Bid your phone adieu, because I'm confiscating it.
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bid adieu

Say goodbye, take leave of, as in It's beyond my bedtime, so I bid you all adieu, or I'll be glad to bid adieu to these crutches. French for "goodbye," adieu literally means "to God" and was part of à dieu vous commant, "I commend you to God." Adopted into English in the 1300s, it was first recorded in Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida (c. 1385). Today it is considered quite formal, although it also is used humorously.
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She wrote to inform her brother of the probable conclusion of a four-months' indisposition under which she had suffered, and entreated him to come to her, if possible; for she had much to settle, and she wished to bid him adieu, and deliver Linton safely into his hands.
The old man raised his tottering frame to its knees, and first casting a glance upward at the countenance of his countryman, as if to bid him adieu, he stretched out his neck to the blow he himself invited.
We bid him adieu as he finishes his snack and leaves the car to take on the rest of his day.
Sachin is going away from us but we will not bid him adieu with wet eyes," said another fan, Vikas Sinha.
Yet, fans of the "Drive" star might have to bid him adieu for the role given Gosling had announced he would be taking a break from the acting business.
Olver, who appeared touched by the outpouring of admiration, said he was "absolutely amazed and humbled" by the variety of folks who came out to bid him adieu.
Next month, the cabler will fondly bid him adieu by airing the remnants of the unfinished third season.
And if he's going to go in the first round, it's time to bid him adieu.