swan song

swan song
I
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A death song]
Syn. dirge, elegy, chant du cygne (French); see song .
2. [*A final act or performance]
Syn. farewell, farewell performance, parting shot*, peroration.
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
a farewell or final appearance, performance, accomplishment—especially one of distinction—so named after the legendary song sung only once by the swan at its death.
Last night's stage appearance was the crooner s much anticipated swan song.
SYN.: farewell, last hurrah, goodbye, final performance, final appearance, parting song, adieu, last gasp, crowning achievement.

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