Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fabled song of a dying swan; hence, a last poem or musical work, written just before the composer's death.
“He wondered if he ought to write a swan-song, but laughed the thought away.”
“Federico Fellini nailed this paradox in the opening scenes of his swan-song cinematic homage to variety theater, "Ginger & Fred" 1985.”
“Oprah Winfrey continues to pack 'em in for her swan-song season as queen of daytime TV.”
“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.”
“A 6 ton, 40 foot, THRASHING whale could easily take out 15 or 20 in a final swan-song.”
“Feel free to work with the theme or ignore it altogether, as long as we're listening front and center for your brilliant aria or swan-song on a Scientiae subject.”
“Vanity and the last remains of pride whispered to me: Die in silence, say nothing; or die with a noble gesture, with a moving swan-song on your lips; pour out your heart and challenge your accusers.”
“Hideki Matsui gets swan-song treatment from Mike Vaccaro under the headline "Godspeed, Godzilla.”
“It would serve as a fitting swan-song to an amazing life and career.”
“These tapes are not some swan-song for past triumphs.”
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