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cap off

To finish something, often in a particularly good or bad way. A noun can be used between "cap" and "off" or after "off." Come on, we need to throw one last party to cap off our senior year! And then, to cap the terrible evening off, the waiter dropped my dinner in my lap!
See also: cap, off

cap something off

also cap off something
to complete an experience in a particularly good or bad way We went to the beach, strolled around town, and capped off our visit with a fireworks display that evening.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form cap it all off: There's been bad economic news all year, and to cap it all off, now oil prices are increasing.
Related vocabulary: to top it all (off)
See also: cap, off