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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. 2018.
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  • 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

    Opie Read
  • "Still there's a different kind of a send-off to her, I was going to say," said Elmer.

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

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington
  • I might have known they'd have given her a send-off on her way to the States.

    The Air Pirate Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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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