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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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"They are going to be right up for it so it's a great game to finish with something on it.
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Coleman sent on three strikers, Simon Church, Sam Vokes and Craig Davies, for the disappointing Morison, King and Ledley and Wales did, at least finish with something of a flourish.
Mathematics student David, 20, from Mossley Hill, said: "We are all graduating this summer and we wanted to finish with something big.We thought it would be a brilliant idea to raise some money for charity and also go on an expedition.
The Vipers hit a couple of late goals on the powerplay by Jason Tejchma at 52.58 and 53.35 to at least see them finish with something positive on what was otherwise a night for them to forget quickly.
"If you are looking to progress year on year, you need to finish with something."
for the past five years." Finish with something interesting about the person you are honoring, such as, "Sara, you would be interested to know that Bob is one of the best tennis players in our league."
Now to finish with something much more pleasant: Lemon curd.
However, he rallied under strong driving to lead inside the final furlong and finish with something in hand.
'Our three reds are a pair of stunning Clarets and a Californian Cabernet, and we will finish with something rather special, a Grand Cru pink Champagne from my own cellar.'
"We want to finish with something in the trophy cabinet after a disappointing year last year and obviously a disappointing run in the Heineken Cup this year.
You could finish with something sweet from Cream of Galloway ice cream makers or one of the cakes which are made on the premises.
"It's nice to have a break when you finish with something you've done for a long time, but I've missed the excitement and the apprehension of being involved with England.
"I know Alan will be on a high to finish with something next season.
"I'm not a driven person, I'm not a vengeful person, I finish with something and then I get on with something else.