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swan song

Fig. the last work or performance of a playwright, musician, actor, etc., before death or retirement. His portrayal of Lear was the actor's swan song. We didn't know that her performance last night was the singer's swan song.
See also: song, swan

swan song

A final accomplishment or performance, one's last work. For example, I'm resigning tomorrow; this project was my swan song. This term alludes to the old belief that swans normally are mute but burst into beautiful song moments before they die. Although the idea is much older, the term was first recorded in English only in 1890.
See also: song, swan

swan song

Last effort. An ancient belief held that swans, who are usually silent, burst into beautiful song with their dying breaths. As a phrase, “swan song” connotes a last burst of energy before expiring.
See also: song, swan
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Swan Song runs from Tuesday, October 30 to Friday, November 2 at 1.
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In keeping with Smith's eulogistic tone, "Death Singing" depicts, to a strident rock march, the swan song of a musician in the final throes of AIDS performing his last concert.
LOS ANGELES, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Radioactive Records' artist, the Ramones, who have entertained two generations of punk rock fans, released 19 albums, performed 2,216 shows around the world and have influenced countless bands both known and obscure, have announced Lollapalooza as their official swan song.
What's not clear is whether the unprecedented catastrophe losses of 2005 will make it so hard for small regionals to operate that they will face their own swan song.
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One thing is for certain, however, the panic merchants won't succeed in creating a swan song for this lovely part of the Scottish coastline.
After his midweek display for Fulham at Southampton, when Pembridge took every corner, every free-kick - and even put the pass through from open play for Thomasz Radzinski to score - the Merthyr Maradona seems to be enjoying an impressive swan song to his career.
SWIMMING: MarkFoster will be looking to make up for the disappointment of missing out on an Olympics swan song when he competes in the World Short Course Championships in Indianapolis today.
With guest vocals from Dido and rapper LSK serving to highlight the rich textures of MC Maxi Jazz's voice, this is the collective's masterpiece and quiet possibly their swan song.
Among the interviews Sischy ran in her February 1988 swan song was a conversation with Sidney Geist, whose "On Criticism" had been the first feature to appear in Artforum.
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based vice president of Led Zepplin's record company, Swan Song, and went on to co-found Modern Records, as well as supervise music in over 15 films.
Her career is illustrated with clips from all her movies, ranging from her early film work in Sweden to such Hollywood triumphs as "Anna Christie," "Grand Hotel," "Camille," "Ninotchka" and her swan song in 1941's "Two-Faced Woman.
Kwan has her swan song, and one final attempt at elusive gold.