[ send-awf, -of ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use send-off in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sendoff


/ (ˈsɛndˌɒf) /

  1. a demonstration of good wishes to a person about to set off on a journey, new career, etc

  2. a start, esp an auspicious one, to a venture

verbsend off (tr, adverb)
  1. to cause to depart; despatch

  2. sport (of the referee) to dismiss (a player) from the field of play for some offence

  1. informal to give a sendoff to

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Other Idioms and Phrases with send-off


see send away, def. 1.

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