kiss good-bye

Be forced to regard as lost, ruined, or hopeless, as in Now that both kids are sick, we'll have to kiss our vacation in Florida good-bye. This usage ironically alludes to a genuine good-bye kiss. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see kiss off, def. 2.


Nearby words

  1. kiss,
  2. kiss and make up,
  3. kiss and tell,
  4. kiss ass,
  5. kiss curl,
  6. kiss of death,
  7. kiss of life,
  8. kiss of peace,
  9. kiss off,
  10. kiss-and-tell

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