big send-off

a big send-off

A lively and enthusiastic farewell celebration thrown in honor of someone who is leaving some place 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.
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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.
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While I accept that the former Foreign Secretary was an important enough a figure in public life to deserve a big send-off, there was something a bit crass about the full-on close-up of Gaynor his wife (pictured), who was even, it appeared to me, caught sneaking a sideways look at the camera, much as audiences in TV shows are caught looking at the monitors just to check in case they might be in shot.
The big send-off is at the BMF's annual extravaganza in Peterborough on May 22, and he's due back on June 11.
When some people leave their jobs here at the mag they get a big send-off and a pizza party.
City have been sure to give Toure a big send-off. The Ivorian captained the side for the final home game of the season against Brighton - his first league start of the campaign - and have produced a mosaic that will stand at the training ground near the pitch that will be named after him.
He also joked with star guest Paloma Faith that they needed to give it a big send-off.
"She spoke a lot about one day being reunited with Bobby in death, but that will be of little consolation to mourners." Her friend and TV star Christopher Biggins has said that Cilla's family and friends wanted to give her the "big send-off that she deserved".
It has not all been plain sailing for Mandaric during his four-year spell in control - he rescued the club from administration in December 2010 and contributed PS7m towards wiping out debts in excess of PS20m - but boss Stuart Gray said he deserved a big send-off.
"I'm very pleased he agreed to ride for us on Friday before Michael joins us, and I really hope the fans come along and give him the big send-off he deserves."
They are especially proud to be hosting the event at Raffles Theatre Club this year, as the club is closing down the following day, so they would love to give the place a really big send-off.
Riders will be transported down to Yeovil in time for the big send-off on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - with the aim of reaching the Galpharm in time for the match on Saturday May 5.
Star performance Seta, who looks like a filly to follow this year after a third and most impressive Listed win Big send-off John Thompson, operations manager for 24 seasons at Goodwood, was sent into retirement with a set of golf clubs and appreciation from all the staff Results and analysis start page 95
SOUTH Wales Scorpions are hoping for a big send-off at The Gnoll tomorrow as they take on London Skolars in their final game in Neath for over two months (7pm).
We are planning a big send-off from Newcastle's Monument on June 2, and all are welcome.
Jeanette Underhill was given a big send-off when she retired from Brookvale Primary School in Erdington.