send off

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send off (third-person singular simple present sends off, present participle sending off, simple past and past participle sent off)

  1. To send; to dispatch.
    Have you sent off your application yet?
    • 2011, Henry Westwood, AD ASTRA PER ASPERA, ISBN 1456883011, page 146:
      After a medical procedure I will send off a sister ship to the sphere with the sickened savages.
    • 2012, Jeffrey L. Seglin & ‎Edward Coleman, The AMA Handbook of Business Letters, ISBN 0814420125, page 40:
      While it's tempting to send off an email in response to something that has angered or disappointed you, resist the urge.
  2. To emit; to emanate.
    • 2003, Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking: 10 Traits for Maximum Results, ISBN 0743254309:
      The human brain can send off power by thoughts and prayers.
  3. (sports) To show someone a red card, and dismiss them from the playing area.
    • 2004, Lana A. Whited, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon, ISBN 0826215491:
      Down in the stands, Dean Thomas was yelling, "Send him off, ref! Red card!"
    • 2007, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade, ISBN 0141902078:
      Fehily blows the whistle and Ronan's going, 'Think he has a nose bleed, Fadder,' and all the other parents are going, 'He struck him, referee! Send him off!' and Fehily's giving it, 'I didn't see the incident,' lying, of course, just like he used to lie for me.
    • 2011, Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [1]
      England secured their place at Euro 2012 with a scrambled draw in Montenegro - but Wayne Rooney was sent off and will miss the start of the tournament.
    • 2014, Neil Collins, Make Us Dream: A Fan's View of the 2013/14 Season, ISBN 1291940707, page 271:
      Just like he did when he reffed our clash with Chelsea when he failed to send off Eto'o for a kneehigh lunge on Henderson.
  4. To provide a celebration for someone who is leaving; give a sendoff.
    • 2009, Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education, ISBN 1440686270:
      There was no flourish of trumpets and drums to send us off, no cheering crowds.
    • 2011, Gar Anthony Haywood, Cemetery Road, ISBN 1780100353:
      The woman – tall, busty and seriously Afroed – had come to the door alone upon his arrival, but all the kids had poured out of the house with her to send him off when he left, just before midnight.
    • 2012, Seiichi Higashide, Adios to Tears, ISBN 0295800585:
      At the pier along Yokohama Harbor about 250 of our classmates, carrying the school flag before them, came to send off Uchimura and me.


send off (plural send offs)

  1. Alternative form of sendoff
    1. farewell party
      • 2007, Howard K. Nielsen, Whatta Life, ISBN 1434327175, page 15:
        The neighbor's send off party has been described and our almost daily excitement was getting to read the letter scheduled for that day.
      • 2014, Roy Chadwick, Off Balance, ISBN 1907759190:
        She couldn't see the Met giving her a first class send off.
    2. funeral or memorial service
      • 2006, Eric G. Stephan & ‎R. Wayne Pace, To Lead as Jesus Led, ISBN 1555179932, page 51:
        This is, of course, a motivating send off, one that encourages and uplifts your followers.
      • 2006, Robert D. Webster, Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?, ISBN 1425956599:
        Many family members have expressed to me that their deceased loved one would have enjoyed a less-than-traditional send off — more of a party atmosphere than the normal visitation and ceremony complete with traditional hymns and a consoling sermon from a man of the cloth.
  2. Alternative form of send-off
    • 1994, Michael L. LaBlanc & ‎Richard Henshaw, The world encyclopedia of soccer, ISBN 0810389959, page 389:
      To administer a send off the referee must stop play and signify the action by showing the offending player a red card.
    • 2005, David Fraser, Cricket and the Law: The Man in White is Always Right, ISBN 0714653470, page 287:
      In 1998, Paul Adams of South Africa was caught on video replay by the third umpire giving a send off to a batter.
    • 2014, Novy Kapadia, The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide Part 3, ISBN 9350098989:
      Send offs in a final match Pedro Monzon (ARG) and Gustavo Dezotti (ARG) 2

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