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The swan song came in Miami, where early in the second quarter Bledsoe was knocked out with a concussion.
The true tragedy is that Ryan's swan song will be the nightmarish $1.3 trillion almond in this spending bill.
István Várdai The Hungarian virtuoso joins the Phoenix Symphony to play Elgar’s Cello Concerto, described as the English composer’s elegiac swan song.
Larsen is also handy to have around in case center Ryan Kalil, for whom 2018 is a swan song, re-aggravates the shoulder that nagged him all year.
Its swan song represents the end of an era as traditional radio struggles to stay relevant — and in some cases solvent — in the face of digital competition.
Welser-Most brought out the full quotient of Mahler's angst in his symphonic swan song.
What looks like Bill Snyder’s final season could be a fitting swan song for one of the great coaches in college football history.
That would become lead guitarist McCarthy’s swan song.
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Swans don't sing. They whistle or trumpet, or in the case of the swan most common in ponds, the mute swan, they only hiss and snort. But according to ancient legend, the swan does sing one beautiful song in its life-just before it dies. References in English to the dying swan's lovely singing go back as far as Chaucer, but the term swan song itself didn't appear in the language until the 1830s, when Thomas Carlyle used it in Sartor Resartus. Carlyle probably based his "swan song" on the German version of the term, which is Schwanengesang or Schwanenlied.
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: the last performance or piece of work by an actor, athlete, writer, etc.
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