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bid adieu

Say goodbye, take leave of, as in It's beyond my bedtime, so I bid you all adieu, or I'll be glad to bid adieu to these crutches. French for “goodbye,” adieu literally means “to God” and was part of à dieu vous commant, “I commend you to God.” Adopted into English in the 1300s, it was first recorded in Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida (c. 1385). Today it is considered quite formal, although it also is used humorously.
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  • Lyons is our next point, and there we must bid adieu to freedom and shawl-straps.'

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • Here Flora was permitted to land, in order to bid adieu to her parents.

  • I'll never forget my feelings (p. 016) When I bid adieu to all.

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • He went in and bid adieu to Mr. and Mrs. Brill and the "Bald-faced Stag" for ever.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • I must now bid adieu to every comfort and live only for the sweet babes.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • With this bit of masonic history we will bid adieu to Strasburg Cathedral.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • There was a great throng to bid adieu to him, and to groan at the power that sent him.

    The Bondman

    Hall Caine
  • I then bid adieu to Jennings, and rode round by Anjel's puesto.

    Blanco y Colorado William C. Tetley
  • We would be forced to bid adieu to the happy and comfortable life that we lead.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • But first he must arrange his affairs, make his will, and bid adieu to his friends.

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