- 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
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Examples from the Web for send-off
Margaret Thatcher is to be accorded a send-off filled with pomp and ceremony in London on Wednesday.Full Details of Plans for Thatcher’s Funeral on Wednesday
April 16, 2013
Thoughts on the inaugural speech, the send-off of the Bushes, and the strange karma of Dick Cheney in wheelchair.Obama's Money Quote
January 20, 2009
She smiled tenderly at the send-off, but "Addio, Annina, addio!"Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
"Maybe he will give us a send-off to the coach," suggested Tom.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
The three regiments in garrison sent their bands to help our send-off.A Soldier's Life
Edwin G. Rundle
All they know is that the newspapers have given your other story a send-off.Old Ebenezer
"Still there's a different kind of a send-off to her, I was going to say," said Elmer.
Word Origin and History for send-off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper