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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

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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References in classic literature ?
The reason he did not finish us off immediately was that the Swift One clogged his movements.
This road closure will probably finish us off, I don't think the business will make it to the end of the year.
If the Tory party gets a majority for another five years, they're coming to finish us off," he told the conference.
With two army divisions stationed here and Turkey only 40 miles away nothing could save Cyprus if one day the neighbouring country decided to finish us off.
It feels like a lost 30 years; in fact it feels as though we had gone backwards from Edsa and begun raising the dead dictator to give him another go at it-maybe this time he'd finish us off.
He hadn't caused us that many problems, but finally he was there to finish us off.
And here they were now trying to finish us off as a team, in our own backyard.
I was just telling the guys before the game that it's either we finish off San Mig in Game 6 or they finish us off in Game 7," Guiao said, never mind if he guided his Painters to possibly their finest performance of the young season that they looked unbeatable last night.
My guess is that a third war right about now, for the reasons outlined above, would just about finish us off as a nation.
We were either going to score in the corner and possibly win the game or they were going to get the intercept and finish us off.
All have had their chances to finish us off in recent months and failed miserably and are now hoping we ARE actually as bad as we seem and don't somehow fluke a late run.
The only reason we are still third in the league is because the rest are poor and don't have any quality strikers to finish us off when they dominate.
Of tonight's game he added: "If Liverpool won, it might finish us off in terms of breaking into the European places.
Nasrallah also accused the ruling March 14 alliance of rejecting any compromise in the ongoing political crisis because they "await the Israeli war, hoping that it would finish us off.