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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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the finished article

Someone or something who has arrived at a point or state of completion or readiness. It's clear that the team's new coach has a ways to go before being the finished article, but his freshman season at the helm has shown a lot of potential and an eagerness to try new things with the players. We're still in the planning stages of the project, so it will be at least until the end of the year before we have the finished article ready for consumers.
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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 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 (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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I'm not finished with you.

I still have more to say to you. Bill started to turn away when he thought the scolding was finished. "I'm not finished with you," bellowed his father. When the angry teacher paused briefly to catch his breath, Bob turned as if to go. "I'm not finished with you," screamed the teacher, "Don't leave here until I say you can!"
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the finished article

something that is complete and ready for use.
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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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Mickey finished

mod. alcohol intoxicated; totally drunk. (A play on Mickey (Finn).) I guess the old guy is about Mickey finished. He’s plootered!
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Quick ship inventory of finished products from the converter's warehouse can include a mixture of standard and special sizes, providing same-day or next-day shipment options to the customer.
I had to pull way down deep here at the end, but it's fun,'' said Potter who finished the race in 31 hours, 58 minutes, 30 seconds.
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I started far back but I worked my way up there and finished strong for the team,'' Flacks said.
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Sixth-ranked UCLA won the team competion with a team score of 33-over 885, five strokes ahead of the 14th-ranked Trojans, who finished second with an 890.
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He is now only six points behind Burton and going to a track, Lowe's Motor Speedway, where he finished fifth in May.
Cybulski clocked 15 minutes, 3 seconds on the 5,000-meter Woodward Park course to match the third-fastest individual time in meet history, and Royal finished nearly a minute ahead of second-place Jesuit of Carmichael with a meet-record clocking of 78:25.
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60 while, in the same race, Jewels of Bagdad finished third.
Metzger and Wong, who won the last two events of the 2001 season, have placed in the top four in their last four AVP tournaments and finished third at Huntington Beach in the AVP 2002 season opener.