polish off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v polish off finish a task completely "I finally got through this homework assignment"
    • v polish off finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
    • v polish off kill intentionally and with premeditation "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
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Usage

In literature:

Just the same, we ought to be able to polish them off with these.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
He was squatting in the shadow of the Commandant's living-waggon, polishing off the last of a panful, when Van Busch came along.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He stood looking down at the firm grey surface from which the pouring rain ran off to the side channels as cleanly as from polished marble.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
She will take all the polish off my furniture, just as the last people did when they cooked for themselves.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Then he took off his glasses, and polished them.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
In regard to education, the Polish woman is not so well off.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Polish off his rough edges, mebbe.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
I guess maybe you'll be sending her to Sioux Falls in a year or so to kind o' polish her off.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Then clear it off with pure whitening on linen cloths, which will restore the polish.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
At that moment Mister decided to take off his specs and polish them with his breast-pocket handkerchief.
"They Twinkled Like Jewels" by Philip José Farmer
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In poetry:

But we bequeath a parting tip
For sound advice of such men
Who come across in transport ship
To polish off the Dutchmen.
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
But we bequeath a parting tip
For sound advice of such men,
Who come across in transport ship
To polish off the Dutchmen!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Sweeney Todd, the Barber
Ba Goom, he were better than a play,
Sweeney Todd, the Barber
'I'll polish him off!' he used to say.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
Mr Sweeney Todd, the Barber.
Ba Goom, he were better than a play
Sweeney Todd, the Barber
'I'll polish them off!' he used to say.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
"Begorra, Pat," says Dolan, "may ould Nick
Fly off wid thim rapscallions, schaming rogues,
An' sind thim thrampin' purgatory's flure
Wid red hot guineas in their polished brogues!"
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
In low chalk hills the great King's body lay
And bright streams fell, tinkling like polished tin,
As though they carried off his armoury,
And spread it glinting through his wide domain.
"Peace" by Walter James Turner

In news:

Hilary Mantel on the Man Booker, Tudor Tales and Polishing Off Her Trilogy.
Students polish off vegan plates.
Officials say one or more people knocked over the polished stone memorial, breaking off the top of it.
MMM > News > Rosetta polishes off Wishbone, announces new leadership.
MMM > News > Rosetta polishes off Wishbone , announces new leadership.
After Ryan Braun's walkoff grand slam to polish off the Pirates, I asked Braun and Craig Counsell if they felt like magic dust was being sprinkled on the team.
Before I resize my cases, I clean the carbon off the necks with a metal polish called Simichrome.
During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions.
LAST WEDNESDAY, Paul Holmgren polished off his wooden bat and attempted to hit the Flyers' biggest home run since Eric Lindros.
Three West Seattle residents active with the Polish American community helped with the send-off, and take-off, of Europe's first delivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner, purchased by LOT Polish Airlines, at Paine Field in Everett Wednesday.
Hilary Mantel on the Man Booker, Tudor Tales and Polishing Off Her Trilogy.
Swillmerchants polish off sophomore CD.
Taunting fan goes home before Dallas polishes off Thunder.
After polishing off the Denver Broncos 27-21 in Monday Night Football, Falcon's running back, Michael Turner, was arrested for DUI.
Every time you polish silver, you wear off a fine layer of the metal, so polish only when you have to, and do it as gently as you can.
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In science:

The intensity of these peaks is ~ 10-5 to 10-6 of the central peak, which is not negligible for planet detection requirements. The roll-off of the segment edges resulting from segment polishing will have similar diffraction effects.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
The space Γ is Polish in the relative topology as a subset of the space off all Radon measures M(Rd) endowed with the vague topology, i.e. the topology generated by the mappings γ 7→ hf , γ i := ZRd where C0 (Rd) denotes the set of all continuous functions on Rd with compact support.
Spectral gap for Glauber type dynamics for a special class of potentials
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