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send-off (n.)

"a farewell" (especially a funeral), 1872, from verbal phrase (attested by 1660s), from send (v.) + off (adv.).

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Definitions of send-off

send-off (n.)
an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture;
Synonyms: bon voyage
send-off (n.)
a start given to contestants;
Synonyms: kickoff / start-off
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