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finish off

1. To finish the last part of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "finish" and "off." Here, take the last piece and finish off the pie. Printing is the last step in finishing off this project, thank goodness.
2. To end something in a particular way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "finish" and "off." They finished off the reception with one last slow dance.
3. To kill someone or something that is wounded and near death. A noun or pronoun can be used between "finish" and "off." You need to finish off the deer you've shot—don't let it suffer.
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finish (someone or an animal) off

to kill someone or an animal that is already injured or wounded. They had to finish the wounded bear off with a revolver. The hunter finished off the bear.
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finish (something) off (with something)

to bring something to a conclusion with something. She finished the dinner off with fancy cheeses and fruit. She finished off the dinner with pie.
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finish someone or something off

Fig. to complete some activity being performed on someone or something. Let's finish this one off and go home. Yes, let's finish off this one. Nancy is cutting Elaine's hair. When she finishes her off, she will be ready to leave.
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finish something off

Fig. to eat or drink up all of something; to eat or drink up the last portion of something. Let's finish the turkey off. You finish off the turkey. I've had enough.
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finish off

1. To complete the last part of a task or process: The staff finished off the final items on the agenda and ended the meeting. The crew finished the cleaning tasks off before leaving for the day.
2. To consume the last part of something, such as food or a resource: I finished off that last piece of bread. We finished the cake off.
3. To finish something in a particular way: We finished off the hot day with one final swim. The teacher finished the semester off with a big party.
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RICKY NEWMAN had the final say with a blistering volley to virtually finish off Notts County's hopes of a play-off place.
Duane Darby cancelled out Nicky Forster's 46th minute opener, but Newman was on hand to finish off the job.
The shortstop took a perfect angle to the ball, backhanded it and made a strong throw off her back foot to finish off Camarillo's 1-0 victory.
And the Lakers are ever mindful of the fact the Timberwolves expended loads of energy to finish off the Kings and have had a scant 48 hours to recover.
The Gophers took a quick 5-0 lead to start the third game, but USC went on an 18-4 run to take control of the game and finish off the 14th-ranked team in the nation (26-11).
The Angels have received one victory from their starting pitchers in their past 11 games; Washburn (1-3) lost for the third time in five starts as he struggled with his control and was unable to finish off batters.
Texas took three of four games from the Angels, who blew a 4-0 lead and failed to finish off Texas starter Ryan Drese when they had the chance.
Westlake and Valencia will finish off a long Saturday of Southern Section girls' soccer finals when the Division II teams meet at 7 p.
But Servin kicked a powerful right-footed shot into the right corner of the net in the 100th minute to finish off Gonzaga 2-1 and send the Matadors into the air-conditioned comfort of the locker room.
San Jose still has to play Carolina to finish off the AFL regular season, and the outcome of that game will reveal the Avengers' opponent.
Bryant's mindset was formed during last year's brilliant playoff run, when the Lakers took advantage of the earliest opportunity to finish off opponents.