a vote of thanks

a vote of thanks

A formal speech used to express thanks and appreciation to someone or something else, encouraging those present to show their appreciation as well. I could tell Mike was expecting votes of thanks from everyone in the office when he retired, but we were all so sick of him by then that he just kind of shuffled out the door. We really ought to have someone deliver a vote of thanks at the end of the show to all the mentors who helped our kids on their projects.
See also: of, thanks, vote

vote of thanks

Fig. a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker, lecturer, organizer, etc., and inviting the audience to applaud. John gave a vote of thanks to Professor Jones for his talk. Mary was given a vote of thanks for organizing the dance.
See also: of, thanks, vote

a ˌvote of ˈthanks

a short formal speech in which you thank somebody for something and ask other people to join you in thanking them: I’d like to propose a vote of thanks to Ms Waters for her interesting talk.
See also: of, thanks, vote