a big send-off

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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.
See also: big
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The big send-off for Deirdre, who was played by Anne Kirkbride for 42 years, will be screened in July.
"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."
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.
Royal Marine L Cpl Ram Patten, who dreamed up the 1,000-mile challenge, was at the event with daughter Melanie, four, as the public joined the countdown for the big send-off. But when Harry tried to sound a hooter, nothing emerged except a puff of smoke.
As he prepares for the big send-off from Doctor Who this Christmas, the Bathgate-born star said he is dreading the final exit.
Tyneside-based national charity Parentline Plus is offering tips for parents getting ready for the big send-off and asks how they can prepare themselves.
Jonny wilkinson admitted the Lions were lucky to escape with a Millennium Stadium draw last night as the big send-off for Sir Clive Woodward's New Zealand-bound squad turned flat.
The big send-off is at the BMF's annual extravaganza in Peterborough on May 22, and he's due back on June 11.
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.
A collection of 130 woollen pandas, knitted through a local project, were gathered in Millennium Place for the big send-off.
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