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good-bye

[goo d-bahy] /ˌgʊdˈbaɪ/
interjection
1.
farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).
noun, plural good-byes.
2.
a farewell.
Also, goodbye.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; contraction of God be with ye
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Examples from the web for goodbye
  • Then, after two kisses goodbye at the schoolhouse door, she heads back home to work.
  • Say goodbye to fumbling with your map, having to take off your pack to get it out and have it exposed to the elements.
  • Yah, ridiculous when the alternative is to simply kiss the species goodbye.
  • We get things done in two or three hours and then it's goodbye.
  • They can kiss any more predictions from seismologists goodbye.
  • Further, much larger amounts of land would have to be cultivated so say goodbye to any nearby forests or open spaces.
  • Eventual tie-in with loyalty cards means saying goodbye to myriad stamp cards.
  • And so goodbye high fructose corn syrup, hello corn sugar.
  • Say goodbye to traffic jams and keep your car for occasional necessary long runs.
  • Her children and many of her grandchildren were able to say goodbye.
British Dictionary definitions for goodbye

goodbye

/ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas
noun
2.
a leave-taking; parting: they prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
3.
a farewell: they said goodbyes to each other
Word Origin
C16: contraction of God be with ye
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Word Origin and History for goodbye

good-bye

also goodbye, good bye, good-by, 1590s, from godbwye (1570s), itself a contraction of God be with ye (late 14c.), influenced by good day, good evening, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for goodbye

good-bye

Related Terms

kiss something goodbye


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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