a big send-off

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a big send-off

A lively and enthusiastic farewell celebration thrown in honor of someone who is leaving someplace behind and/or setting off on a new endeavor. The night before I flew back to America, the entire town came out to give me a big send-off at the local pub.
See also: big

*big send-off

a happy celebration before departing. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I had a wonderful send-off before I left. John got a fine send-off as he left for Europe.
See also: big
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Friend and TV star Christopher Biggins told how Cilla's family and friends were preparing to give her the big sendoff that she deserved.
Deval Patrick for the big sendoff from Gillette Stadium.