send-off

[send-awf, -of]
noun
1.
a demonstration of good wishes for a person setting out on a trip, career, or other venture: They gave him a rousing send-off at the pier.
2.
a start given to a person or thing.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off

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send-off

noun
1. an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture [syn: bon voyage
2. a start given to contestants; "I was there with my parents at the kickoff" [syn: kickoff
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Example sentences
She got an emotional send-off from her colleagues, many of whom cried and gave her a standing ovation.
The public is also invited to attend and give the troops a special send-off.
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