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swan song

noun

  1. the last act or manifestation of someone or something; farewell appearance:

    This building turned out to be the swan song of Victorian architecture.



swan song

noun

  1. the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death
  2. the song that a dying swan is said to sing


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Word History and Origins

Origin of swan song1

First recorded in 1825–35; so called from the belief that the dying swan sings

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Idioms and Phrases

A final accomplishment or performance, one's last work. For example, I'm resigning tomorrow; this project was my swan song . This term alludes to the old belief that swans normally are mute but burst into beautiful song moments before they die. Although the idea is much older, the term was first recorded in English only in 1890.

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Example Sentences

In 2020, Ghost of Tsushima got to be the PlayStation 4’s swan song.

Had the Olympics taken place last summer, veterans such as Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd probably would’ve had their swan songs.

At an age when most actresses are settling into occasional cameos and swan-song performances, Leachman is only accelerating.

As long as there are a few duets in there and the lights go out on a wonderful swan song.

Théophile Gautier wrote of him, "That exhibition was Marilhat's swan song, and the works he sent were eight diamonds."

I believe,” Mollie smiled to herself, “that the autumn leaves sing their swan song, too.

An Adirondack loon fortifying his utterance by a cracked fish-horn is the nearest approach to a healthy swan-song.

It's my swan-song, my retirement from literature permanently, and I wish to pass to the cemetery unclodded.

Whistle softly and a bright-coated fellow will run up even upon your shoulder to show his appreciation of the Swan Song.

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