pay one's last respects

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pay one's last respects

  1. (intransitive) To visit the place where the remains of a dead person has been prepared for burial or cremation, either as a private act of remembrance or as a public display to others.
    • 1822 The Christian Journal, and Literary Register
      Mr. Thompson performed the service, and I preached a sermon to a crowded congregation of friends and mourners, who came together to pay their last respects to the remains of their friend and benefactor
    • 1827 John Robinson - Archæologia Græca
      The persons that attended funerals were the friends and relations of the deceased, who thought themselves obliged to pay their last respects to the dead.
    • 1851 Charles Dickens - Household Words
      And now to-day you've done your duty by her; paid your last respects to her memory, as I may say, and so you have nothing to reproach yourself with.