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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

finish off

v.
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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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'It will be a challenge but one we will look forward to and one we will hopefully finish them off.'
"We will keep the faith in how we're trying to play and that we will take the opportunities and finish them off."
"In front of goal we had great chances at times, but didn't finish them off.Wedidn'tever really look like we were going to score."
"If they can't get their cheques, there's a worry that if the recession didn't finish them off then this is going to be the last straw."
"We had great chances but we didn't finish them off.
Let's hope we can finish them off in the replay.This is one we should have won easily.
'When we went nine points clear in the second half I thought we were going to finish them off. But we let them off the hook.'
But we couldn't finish them off. It was always going to be a difficult game and in the end we were fortunate it was just a draw."
BOB WOOLMER insists his Pakistan side can shock England once again and "finish them off" in Faisalabad.
We had chances to finish them off, but again these were not taken.
Sri Lanka could be backed at 5-4 to finish them off on a crumbling pitch.
The new legislation will be a breath of fresh air for the industry, supporters say, since it allows companies to import parts and partially assembled goods, finish them off with Brazilian-made pieces, then distribute the finished products throughout the region.
He said: "Arsenal created a lot of chances but unfortunately they didn't finish them off.
"We've moved on a level to creating chances - now we've got to finish them off."
It's correct that we must play to Jerome's strengths, but he had good chances against Colchester and failed to finish them off.