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fu·ner·al / ˈfyoōn(ə)rəl/ • n. the ceremonies honoring a dead person, typically involving burial or cremation. ∎  rare a sermon delivered at such a ceremony. ∎ archaic or poetic/lit. a procession of mourners at a burial. PHRASES: it's (or that's) someone's funeral inf. used to warn someone that an unwise act or decision is their responsibility: “I won't discuss it.” “Don't then—it's your funeral.”

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funeral it's your funeral used informally to warn someone that an unwise act or decision is their responsibility.
one funeral makes many sometimes with the implication that attendance at a deathbed or funeral may have fatal consequences. (Compare one wedding brings another.) The saying is recorded from the late 19th century.

See also dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage.

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funeral adj. XIV; sb. XVI. The adj. is — OF. funeral — late L. fūnerālis, f. fūnus, fūner- obsequies, death, corpse; the sb. is — (O)F. funéraille(s) — medL. fūnerālia; see -AL1.
So funereal XVIII. f. L. fūnereus.

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288. Funeral

  1. Viking funeral given to Michael Geste by his younger brother, as in their childhood games. [Br. Lit.: P. C. Wren Beau Geste in Benét, 87]

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