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ta ta

[tah tah]
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interjection Chiefly British.
  1. goodbye.

Origin of ta ta

First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
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also ta-ta, "good-bye," 1823, a word first recorded as infant's speech. Abbreviation T.T.F.N., "ta-ta for now," popularized 1941 by BBC radio program "ITMA," where it was the characteristic parting of the cockney cleaning woman character Mrs. Mopp, voiced by Dorothy Summers.

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