Swansong – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

A swansong is a farewell public appearance or final piece of work before retirement.

This idiom is usually used when referring to actors, artists, writers and musicians etc, but is also more broadly used when talking about a person’s last activity in many other areas.

It has its origins in the fable that swans only sing when they are dying.

Examples of use:
1.The famous ballerina’s swansong was a stunning achievement.

2. Millions of people watched the actor David Tennant’s swansong as Dr Who.

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