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a big send-off

A lively and enthusiastic farewell celebration thrown in honor of someone who is leaving some place 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. He was expecting a big send-off when he retired, but all he got was a farewell card signed by a couple people from his department. I knew that leaving was the right decision, but the big send-off I got from my former students made the move very bittersweet.
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*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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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LONG-serving head John Foley will get a big sendoff when he retires later this month.