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swan song

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  1. swan song, last hurrahnoun

    a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)


  1. swan songnoun

    A final performance or accomplishment, especially one before retirement.


  1. swan song

    A swan song is a final performance, achievement, or effort before retirement, death, or the end of something. It typically refers to the last work of a performer, artist, or a professional in their field. The term originated from the ancient belief that swans remain silent throughout their lives but sing a beautiful song just before death.


  1. Swan song

    "Swan song" is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. The phrase refers to an ancient belief that swans sing a beautiful song in the moment just before death, having been silent during most of their lifetime. This belief, whose basis in actuality is long-debated, had become proverbial in Ancient Greece by the 3rd century BC, and was reiterated many times in later Western poetry and art.

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  1. swan song

    Read the full text of the Swan Song poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne on the Poetry.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swan song in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swan song in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of swan song in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Doherty:

    I don't think the Queen's send off will mark the medium's swan song, if something like 9/11 were to happen again we'd all go to our TVs — drawn to the simultaneity and universality of the collective experience and the hypnotic power of the bigger image.

  2. Philip Nel:

    It was his swan song, and he knew it was his swan song, it's a career summation in a lot of ways, both visually and morally, in the messages and the images.

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