big send-off

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.
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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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Not only is it their 40ths, but it also coincides with them going Down Under for a month, so it gives them a nice big send-off, too.
The big send-off for Deirdre, who was played by Anne Kirkbride for 42 years, will be screened in July.
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.
Aaron gave Warner a big send-off after rattling his stumps and the Australian retaliated after his let-off.
The night before her big send-off, she ran aground with passengers fast asleep on board.
It led to "a big send-off " from her family as Teret collected her and drove her to his flat where he raped her after she had red wine for the first time and became drunk.
I hope the crowd tonight come out in force to give him 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.
Samba dancers, streamers, even Dutch techno duo 2Unlimited, it's safe to say this was all planned to be a big send-off for South America for Louis van Gaal's side.
UAE under-19 player Chopra, who played a huge role in Gems dominating inter-school cricket with his all-round performances, received a big send-off in his last appearance for the school.
BOSTON -- With their biggest challenge of the season ahead, the Bruins got a big send-off from one their smallest players.
A big send-off, as well as a big thank you to everyone for their support and a chance to raise money for an underfunded charity.
Work email users were also found to travel the farthest for the stag's big send-off, booking trips an average of 1,400 miles from their home town.
But let's just hope that her big send-off won't be the commercial push our cynical minds expect it will be.
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.