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Definition of goodbye exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

goodbye

 exclamation,noun
exclamation, noun
BrE BrE//ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ//
 
 
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  • used when you are leaving somebody or when somebody else is leaving Goodbye! It was great to meet you. She didn't even say goodbye to her mother. Say goodbye to Mary for me. We waved them goodbye. We've already said our goodbyes. Kiss me goodbye! (figurative) Take out our service contract and say goodbye to costly repair bills. compare bye
  • Word Origin late 16th cent.: contraction of God be with you!, with good substituted on the pattern of phrases such as good morning.Idioms
    kiss something goodbye, kiss goodbye to something
     
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    (informal) to accept that you will lose something or be unable to do something Well, you can kiss goodbye to your chances of promotion.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: goodbye

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