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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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  • When we were about to leave they came to bid adieu, but I asked them to stay and help us to eat our ox.

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

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • How changed the scene now from that when they had first bid adieu to their homes, to join the ranks of their country's defenders!

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

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • But we have another romantic tale to tell before we bid adieu to the story of early Rome.

  • With this bit of masonic history we will bid adieu to Strasburg Cathedral.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • Will you not bid adieu to this sterile country and sail away to a land where the blue sky is reflected in the blue sea?

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • There was a great throng to bid adieu to him, and to groan at the power that sent him.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • We procured some specimens of the wood, and a sample of the cones, and then bid adieu to this much-talked-of grove.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
  • We would be forced to bid adieu to the happy and comfortable life that we lead.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue

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