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finish with (someone or something)

1. To complete something; to no longer be engaged in or occupied with something. Hey, when you finish with that magazine, can I read it? It took three years, but I'm finally finished with my thesis, thank goodness.
2. To cease or refuse to continue being associated or involved with someone or something. I've given her chance after chance to make things right, but I've had enough. I'm finished with her now. The company has pledged to finish with its production of palm oil, shifting to a more sustainable product instead.
3. To kill or defeat someone with a particular tool, technique, or implement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "finish" and "with," and the word "off" is commonly used there as well. The boxer stunned his opponent with a left jab to the face, then finished him off with a devastating uppercut. The video game lets you finish your enemies with a variety of brutal combos.
4. To add a final flourish or detail to something upon completion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "finish" and "with," and the word "off" is commonly used there as well. I like to finish off this dish with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro and parsley. He finished his speech with a humorous aside that brought some much-needed levity to the situation.
5. To complete or cap off something with a particular action, effort, or outcome. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "finish" and "with," and the word "off" is commonly used there as well. They finished the game with an impressive offensive effort, but it wasn't enough to come back from their 24-point deficit. I usually like to finish off my day with a 45-minute swim to help clear my mind.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

finish with something

to complete something; to become done with something. I will finish with fixing this soon, and then you can have it. When will this be finished with?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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1995: First podium finish with third place in Canada.