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[send-awf, -of] /ˈsɛndˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
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.
a start given to a person or thing.
Origin of send-off
1855-60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On that occasion a crowd of my own people and friends came to the station to give me a send-off.

  • All they know is that the newspapers have given your other story a send-off.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • Weve got to give that girl the finest kind of a send-off when she goes into the field.

    The Girls of Central High on Track and Field David Goodger (
  • The crew gave them a cheer for a send-off, and received as loud a salute in return.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • As she fell, she tried to give the bag the send-off p. 238 squeeze, but she couldn't move her fingers.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • One of our students enlisted to-day, and they're givin' him a send-off.

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington
  • Jeems will give us the send-off, as he is the only one who has his revolver with him.

Word Origin and History for send-off

"a farewell" (especially a funeral), 1872, from verbal phrase (attested by 1660s), from send (v.) + off (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A funeral: Give a man a classy send-off (1872+)

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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