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swan song

swan song

Date: Jun 22 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“That [was] my swan song.”

Former actress Elizabeth Taylor, talking about her appearance in the 75th Annual Academy Awards.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

a final appearance, action or work; a farewell

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

A swan song is a final performance or action by someone before they make a significant change, such as changing careers or dying. It is a way for the person to say goodbye.

For example, the song The Show Must Go On by Queen is regarded as Freddie Mercury’s swan song. Freddie Mercury was fighting AIDS, and he died six weeks after the song was released.

In the example above, Elizabeth Taylor is saying that her appearance at the Academy Awards was her swan song to Hollywood. After the Academy Awards, Elizabeth Taylor quit acting to focus on fighting HIV/AIDS.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“The swan song for ‘Friends’ was in 2003.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

XPER final product,work or appearance. which means she will never join the next film.
That was her final public act. Also means a final appearance, performance, or work, as a farewell to a career or profession
by cougarcar1
ymi to be the last song
by ymi
it means that she felt like a beautiful swan which is singing and enjoying.
by faree
istvan52 her last big performance
by istvan52
the last song
by cuthbert
arabeska Probably the last song in her public carrier. Generally it means the final achievement of an artist before his/her death, retirement,etc
by arabeska
I tnink that "swan song" means a farewell or final appearance, action or work.
by Yanger
hossein99 the final performance or activity of a person’s career.
by hossein99
last appearance or last performance
by chiaroscuro
Last appearance, saying goodbye to her carreer.
by Irbis3085
the best performance
by ring198491
i want to say that it means put high effort to echieve someting to do struggle to get goal and dont go back untill we achiend that goal dont slide from turget untill to get it
by aysha nisar
kocakurt ı think that means ''last song'' of her singing life... have the best week u all....
by kocakurt
It means that is the last time you will do something. It is your goodbye. When Elizabeth Taylor said that she meant she would not be back on the Academy Awards.
by karicr
the final gesture
by david barcenas diaz
That was her last (and probably the best) appearance
by mrgiba
i think it means pressing song
by stephane
A final gesture
by Micha

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