I don't understand the sentence "She kissed her son goodbye". It's not better to say "She kissed her son (in the) goodbye", isn't it?

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    To kiss someone goodbye is an idiom. It simply means to give them a kiss as you bid them goodbye. – stangdon Dec 29 '15 at 16:30
  • We can also kiss someone hello. – Ron Jensen - We are all Monica Dec 29 '15 at 16:30

Adding "in the" is decidedly worse, not better. The original sentence is a perfectly natural, common idiom in English.

An expanded version that might help clarify the meaning for you would be:

She kissed her son as a way of saying goodbye to him

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