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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?
See also: goodbye, kiss

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?
See also: goodbye, kiss

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.
See also: goodbye, kiss, say, something

kiss goodbye

Informal To be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless: She can kiss her vacation plans goodbye.
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Have I really been here that long to be saying goodbye already to a friend?
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But as I traced the cross I remembered other times I had touched this friend--the handshake at our meeting, an embrace at the sign of peace, a final goodbye the last time I saw him.
Kelvim Escobar, who will have surgery this week, told teammates goodbye Sunday.
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Now it's time to say thank you and goodbye to all the privates, corporals and sergeants.
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Praying together as a family helped Hansen, now 50, say goodbye to her dad.
Tell them how she always wished she had had a chance to visit the cemetery where he was buried, and say a formal goodbye.
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As Quinn said his goodbyes Friday, Rodriguez was continuing his round of hellos.
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The fourth-grader witnessed other puppy raisers going through painful goodbyes for the first time in January 1996, during a Guide Dogs for the Blind field day in Ventura.