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Last updated at 13:25 BST, Monday, 13 August 2012

Out with a bang

Fireworks over the Olympic stadium at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Fireworks over the Olympic stadium at the London 2012 closing ceremony. Photo: Mike Hewitt.

Today's Phrase

To go out with a bang means something comes to an end successfully or impressively.

For example:

The festival went out with a bang when the world-famous rock band came on to play.

John got a karaoke machine for his leaving party to ensure that he went out with a bang!

The fireworks at the closing ceremony ensured that the London 2012 Olympic Games went out with a bang.

Don't confuse it with

If you bang something out, you do something very quickly and in a rushed manner.

For example:

I had to bang out my last assignment overnight as I'd completely forgotten about it.

Interesting fact

The London 2012 Olympic Games went out with a bang with a spectacular closing ceremony, featuring iconic British pop groups, supermodels and the winning athletes. During the ceremony, the flame at the Olympic stadium was extinguished and the Olympic flag was officially handed over to Rio de Janeiro, which will host the games in 2016.

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