from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A farewell or final appearance, action, or work.
- noun The beautiful legendary song sung only once by a swan in its lifetime, as it is dying.
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- noun idiomatic A
final performanceor accomplishment, especially one before retirement.
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- noun a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From the belief that the swan sings as it dies.]
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A calque of German Schwanenlied(from Schwan + Lied) or Schwanengesang; from the belief that the mute swan sings before dying.
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