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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.
But Valentine’s day, with its tales of Cupid and swan song of chocolates and roses and saccharine sweetheart candies does just that.
This week, investors face Janet Yellen's swan song as Fed chair, U.S. jobs data and the Treasury's plan to cover widening deficits.
Lucky The late Harry Dean Stanton could have received no better big-screen swan song than Lucky, a Western ode to the ravages of time, the mysteries of mortality, and the inimitable laid-back cool of its leading man.
Serkis' complex, detailed swan song as Caesar might be a good place to start.
But perhaps Saturday's outcome was a bit of a swan song or final hurrah for embattled coach Butch Jones, with a miracle upset now buried and the Volunteers' record dipping below .500 (3-4).
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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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