swan song

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swan song

n.
1. A farewell or final appearance, action, or work.
2. The beautiful legendary song sung only once by a swan in its lifetime, as it is dying.

[From the belief that the swan sings as it dies.]

swan song

or

swansong

n
1. the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death
2. (European Myth & Legend) the song that a dying swan is said to sing

swan′ song`


n.
a final act or farewell appearance.
[1825–35; so called from the belief that the dying swan sings]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swan song - a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)swan song - a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
Translations
labutí píseň
svanesang
luigelaul
joutsenlaulu
שירת הברבור
hattyúdal
svanasöngursvanasöngur; síîasta verk listamanns
zwanenzang
canção do cisne
labutia pieseň
svanesång
son eser

swan song

n (fig) → canto del cigno

swan

(swon) noun
a large, usually white, water-bird of the duck family, with a long graceful neck.
swan song
the last work or performance of eg a poet, musician etc before his death or retirement.
References in classic literature ?
For no other reason did Rudolph Mendenhall flame out his soul for the Cause and sing his wild swan-song that last night of life.
His modesty bodes well for what could be his managerial swan-song next summer.
It was a wonderful occasion and thanks should go to Anne Bradford, the co-ordinator for the last 20 years or so, who has organised very many such successful celebrations and this was to be the swan-song for this organisation.
Bullmore has also taken on the role of the show's lead writer and the last two episodes in this series, which will be Gill's swan-song, are both her creation.
Salisbury's certainly gave Jamie Oliver a memorable farewell And since completing his surrealist swan-song, he's wasted no time in getting back to doing what he does best: bothering politicians.
The Type-22 frigate threw open her doors as she made a swan-song tour of the UK before being decommissioned in April.
We'd been hoping that he could have his swan-song by winning that competition again, but it wasn't to be.