Perkins was by far the most heralded—800 people attended her sendoff dinner in New York and showered her with loving tributes.
Unlike other students, however, she got a sendoff from the commander in chief.
It was a far cry from the sendoff for Gen. Colin Powell in a 1993 ceremony that drew two presidents and the defense Secretary.
In the end, it was just what we signed up for: a big, splashy British sendoff that will put us into instant Olympic withdrawal.
Whit like a sendoff did yer wuman gie ye, Sandy, when ye left for France?
Old English sendan "send, send forth; throw, impel," from Proto-Germanic *sandijan (cf. Old Saxon sendian, Old Norse and Old Frisian senda, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch senden, Dutch zenden, German senden, Gothic sandjan), causative form of base *sinþan, denoting "go, journey" (source of Old English sið "way, journey," Old Norse sinn, Gothic sinþs "going, walk, time"), from PIE root *sent- "to head for, go" (cf. Lithuanian siusti "send;" see sense (n.)).
Also used in Old English of divine ordinance (e.g. godsend, from Old English sand "messenger, message," from Proto-Germanic *sandaz "that which is sent"). Slang sense of "to transport with emotion, delight" is recorded from 1932, in American English jazz slang.
To arouse keen admiration, esp as an ecstatic response; excite; TURN someone ON: Bessie Smith really sent him (1932+ Jazz talk)
A funeral: Give a man a classy send-off (1872+)