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goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. We felt as though we never had closure after Tom committed suicide. We never even knew he was contemplating taking his own life, and his note merely said "Goodbye, cruel world." The gunslinger lay on the ground, bleeding into the dust. "Goodbye, cruel world," he gasped with his last breath. And with that, he perished.
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say goodbye to (someone or something)

1. Literally, to say "goodbye" to someone when parting. Say goodbye to your mother before you leave!
2. To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can say goodbye to your brand new car, mister! After the final horse lost its race, I said goodbye to all the money I'd won that day at the track. You do realize that you'll be saying goodbye to all the benefits the company has to offer if you decide to work as a freelancer?
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wave goodbye to (someone or something)

1. Literally, to wave to someone when parting. Wave goodbye to your friends, sweetie. They're at the window.
2. To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can wave goodbye to your brand new car, mister! After the final horse lost its race, I waved goodbye to all the money I'd won that day at the track. You do realize that you'll be waving goodbye to all the health insurance benefits the company has to offer if you decide to work as a freelancer?
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can kiss (something) goodbye

Can be assured of losing or having lost something, such as an opportunity or a physical object. This phrase usually suggests the speaker's frustration or disillusionment. Well, I can kiss that job goodbye—the interview was a total disaster. I have five roommates, so if you leave unlabeled food in the fridge, you can pretty much kiss it goodbye.
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kiss (someone or something) goodbye

1. Literally, to give one a kiss when parting. Hold up, come kiss your mother goodbye before you leave!
2. To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can kiss your brand new car goodbye, mister! After my horse lost in the final race, I kissed all the money I'd won that day at the track goodbye. You do realize that you'll be kissing all your benefits goodbye if you decide to work as a freelancer, right?
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kiss goodbye to (someone or something)

1. Literally, to give one a kiss when parting. Hold up, come kiss goodbye to your mother before you leave!
2. To lose or end something, especially suddenly; to be forced to accept such a loss or end. You were caught drinking on school property? Well, you can kiss goodbye to your brand new car, mister! After my horse lost the final race, I kissed goodbye to all the money I'd won that day at the track. You do realize that you'll be kissing goodbye to all the benefits the company has to offer if you decide to work as a freelancer?
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good-bye and good riddance

Said when one is pleased about the end or departure of someone or something. Well, I didn't want to talk to you anyway, so good-bye and good riddance! A lot of voters are prepared to say "good-bye and good riddance" to her at the end of her term.
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goodbye for now

A casual valediction. OK, it's past my bedtime. Good-bye for now. Good-bye for now, folks. Have a good night.
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(goodbye) until next time

A casual valediction. OK, it's past my bedtime. Good-bye until next time. Until next time, folks. Have a good night.
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Good-bye and good riddance.

Cliché a phrase marking the departure of someone or something unwanted. Fred: Supposing I was to just walk out of here, just like that? Mary: I'd say good-bye and good riddance. As the garbage truck drove away, carrying the drab old chair that Mary hated so much, she said, "Good-bye and good riddance. "
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kiss goodbye to something

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say goodbye to something

COMMON If you have to kiss goodbye to or say goodbye to something good, you have to accept the fact that you will stop having it or will never have it After my injury, I felt sure I'd have to kiss goodbye to my dancing career. If he loses this match, he can say goodbye to his dreams of being world champion.
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kiss something goodbye (or kiss goodbye to something)

accept the certain loss of something. informal
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kiss/say goodˈbye to something

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kiss something goodˈbye

(informal) give up hope of getting something that you want very much: You’ll have to say goodbye to your chances of becoming a doctor if you don’t pass the exams.After this letter from the bank, we can kiss goodbye to our trip to Australia.
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kiss goodbye

Informal To be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless: She can kiss her vacation plans goodbye.
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She breathes life into her mother in The Long Goodbye, a literary resurrection befitting the wise and gentle woman who graces these pages.
Goodbye Madame Butterflyis a loose compilation of women's biographies: abused and heartbroken ("Washoi!"); betrayed but complacent ("Joint Venture"); betrayed and subservient ("Red Circles"); self-abusive and craving ("The Fix"); and rationalizing of her mistreatment by men ("The Mannequin").
He said: "The atmosphere has been quite leisurely today with everyone saying goodbye.
Goodbye to the field And the tree we all know, Goodbye to the playground, It's time for me to go.
Now we say goodbye to Welsh Labour, in fact Labour in Wales has never been a district Welsh party.
The sisters won out, though, and as the time carne to say their final goodbyes, they shocked some in the central Indiana congregation a bit: As they took their leave, each sister bent down to kiss the face of her dead brother.
Goodbye to the Brooklyn Jew-boos and the boys from Des Moines
As we waved goodbye to Manhattan and Lady Liberty, I thought about my preconceptions.
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Rose, Catholic commentator and investigative journalist, whose latest book Goodbye! Good Men picks up where the Curtiss controversy left off, and is even more startling in its revelations.
He was retiring after the Series, and fans were saying goodbye to him as it appeared likely that it would be O'Neill's last appearance in Yankee pin-stripes.
Their two worlds collide as Bibiane, escaping her watery grave, sets out to say goodbye to her victim.
Wide-scale flooding will occur along both the Eastern and Western seaboards of North America, the west coast of Europe, and many inhabited islands and lowlands (goodbye Holland, goodbye Bangladesh!).
You might think it would be enough to commend a departing companion to the care of an omnipotent deity, as in "good-bye," which is shorthand for "god be with you." But compared to the competition, "goodbye" has come to sound dismissive or even impertinent.