bid adieu

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.
See also: adieu, bid

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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References in classic literature ?
Marianne, few as had been her hours of comfort in London, and eager as she had long been to quit it, could not, when it came to the point, bid adieu to the house in which she had for the last time enjoyed those hopes, and that confidence, in Willoughby, which were now extinguished for ever, without great pain.
Not knowing what active course to take, they remained under arms all night, without closing an eye, and at the very first peep of dawn, when objects were yet scarce visible, everything was hastily embarked, and, without seeking to recover the stolen effects, they pushed off from shore, "glad to bid adieu," as they said, "to this abominable nest of miscreants.
I may say that it was with no regret that we bid adieu to Tigerland, as we rechristened the ancient Devon, and, beating out into the Channel, turned the launch's nose southeast, to round Bolt Head and continue up the coast toward the Strait of Dover and the North Sea.
From his home he had gone to the seminary to bid adieu to many schoolmates.
For as the swift monster drags you deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal, you bid adieu to circumspect life and only exist in a delirious throb.
Doctor Who BBC1, 8pm DRAMA It's been a cracking series but it's time to bid adieu to Peter Capaldi's Doctor.
After the killing, Saurav ran around the ground with the gun in his hand and bid adieu to everyone.
GISELE BUNDCHEN, above bid adieu to the catwalk, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo.
As many as 52 senators are on the way to bid adieu to senate following their retirement on March, 18 and all the parties have started mulling over the names to pick candidates of their choice for upcoming electoral bout.
It is almost time to bid adieu to summer and gleefully welcome the winter
Elaine, 66, says: "I've thought long and hard about this decision, but feel this landmark event, my 50th anniversary, is a good time to bid adieu.
He talks metal detecting, Johnny Depp and why we must bid adieu to geeky Gareth forever.
Walker's character Brian O"Connor would bid adieu in the film.
New Delhi: An emotional P Chidambaram on Thursday bid adieu to the Finance Ministry, which he had served thrice, with a promise that he would continue to remain active in public life.
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Dubai is an experience of a lifetime, and we are delighted to unveil our latest packages that enable guests to bid adieu to 2013 and welcome the arrival of 2014 in grace and style amidst astounding fireworks and glorious views of Dubai," said Manoj Tulsani, Rayna Tour's director.