finish off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v finish off finish a task completely "I finally got through this homework assignment"
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Usage

In literature:

Its blades at both ends are beautifully finished off with bone.
"With the Harmony to Labrador" by Benjamin La Trobe
And then, to finish off with, he whirled around the crank of the fifth organ with his long tail.
"Uncle Wiggily's Travels" by Howard R. Garis
And when he had finished the first verse, he left off to explain.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877" by Various
Enough to finish you off!
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Oberon likewise took the ass's head from off the clown, and left him to finish his nap with his own fool's head upon his shoulders.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
I finished the bandaging and stood off, admiring Steele's magnificent shoulders.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Begin with one beat in sixteenths and finish with the 'wiping off' touch.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
The operation of the "laying-off" room is finished with surprising quickness.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 794, March 21, 1891" by Various
He finishes off one sample.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The two paps are cut off within one-sixteenth of an inch and then broken off, and the ball finished in the usual way.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884." by Various
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In poetry:

No matter what end they decide
Quick-lime? or boiling oil? sir
We’ll do our best when crucified
To finish off in style, sir !
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
No matter what "end" they decide -
Quick-lime or "b'iling ile," sir?
We'll do our best when crucified
To finish off in style, sir!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
This we learned from famous men,
Knowing not its uses,
When they showed, in daily work—
Man must finish off his work—
Right or wrong, his daily work—
And without excuses.
"A School Song" by Rudyard Kipling
As those who eat a Luscious Fruit, sunbaked,
Full of sweet juice, with zest, until they find
It finished, and their appetite unslaked,
And so return and eat the pared-off rind;--
"No Rival Like The Past" by Laurence Hope
Susannah Maud was number six;
But she did not survive a day;
Poor Sue, she had no parlour tricks
And hardly anything to say.
A little strychnine in her tea
Finished her off, and I was free.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
But when we'd finished loading and sailing day came round,
With the pilot boat alongside and the mudhook off the ground,
And the towboat cast the hawser off and left us with a cheer,
Why, there'd be Bill a-growling as he'd done for twenty year.
"A Dog's Life" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Purdue gets close, but can't finish off upset of No 22 Notre Dame.
Mavericks work OT to finish off Spurs.
D-Wade, LBJ come up big again to help Heat finish off Pacers.
Heat finish off Pacers in six.
Coyotes finish off best season ever.
Pacers finish off Magic in Game 5.
Smith, Coyotes finish off Hawks.
Ovechkin scores in overtime to finish off rally in 3-2 win.
How Mitt Can Finish Off Newt.
Kansas State tries to finish off surprising turnaround.
Bucks blow lead, can't finish off late rally.
Bucks fail to finish off Timberwolves.
Strip finish off wall paneling.
Greene gridders finish off perfect regular season.
MMC comes on strong to finish off Farm Center.
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In science:

After being injured in a hail of automatic weapons fire, the pair were finished off with machete blows before being decapitated, Le Quotidien d’ Oran reported.
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