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Re: A chapter in Clintons book?

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 28, 2004

In Reply to: A chapter in Clintons book? posted by Lexi on June 28, 2004

: : : Need some help with "going out with a bang". What does this mean? Where does it come from? Thank you in advance.

: : T. S. Eliot "The Hollow Men" concludes,

: : This is the way the world ends
: : This is the way the world ends
: : This is the way the world ends
: : Not with a bang but a whimper.

: :
: : "To go out with a bang" probably predates Eliot, but I couldn't resist the urge to quote him.

: Is this a Chapter in Clintons book?

Ha! Very good.

"Going out with a bang" means transitioning,ending or moving on to something else with much fanfare.

I remember viewing some drawings my daughter did of NASA's probe,Galileo,going out with a bang plunging to its fiery death after eight years of scanning Jupiter and its moons.

Also from CNN:
"A mechanic at a tire store in Montezuma was killed when a tire he and his brother were repairing exploded. The two were attempting to repair a crack in a tractor-trailer wheel rim with a welding torch. A high school chemistry student can tell you that heating air in a sealed container, such as a truck tire, causes the gas to expand and the pressure to increase. But the brothers, who had been repairing tires for years, did not heed this principle and deflate the tire before fixing the crack."