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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.
See also: article, finished

the finished article

something that is complete and ready for use.
See also: article, finished
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David Elsworth had Finished Article in his prime, when he won three handicaps at Goodwood, but the horse has had his problems in recent seasons and this was his first success since 2003.
"I've watched his fights and he's not quite the finished article. He's got the money and the publicity but I've got the experience - and sometimes that is what counts."
Now, in the same week she is back on screen in People's Court, she has decided to unveil the finished article.
``We will be relying on the kids next year and much of my time has been spent teaching,not coaching,but you cannot make young players into the finished article overnight.
Is Shane the finished article? No, but if he puts four rounds together and has a hot week with the putter, he can contend at The Open.
Bendtner is struggling, Jerome is not the finished article, Forssell is always injured and we can't expect to rely on McSheffrey to play as well as he has been all the time.
IMMACULATE RED - didn't show much on his two turf runs but looked more the finished article when making his all-weather debut at Southwell, finishing in a five-furlong maiden two lengths behind Queen Cobra.
"Younger players might not be the finished article but they can improve and I think that's why the chairman pleaded with Harry to bring a coach into the club.
He promised a committee of senior MPs: 'When there is a finished article, it will be published.'
Liverpool are finally getting closer to the finished article. However they are still lacking cover in the middle of defence.
When he was bought, it was made clear that Jerome was far from the finished article. He himself admits he has plenty to learn and to work on.
Kempton: 2.05 Getbuzzin, 2.35 Clear Impression, 3.10 Finished Article, 4.50 Team-Mate.
Mowbray admits he has been thrilled with the development of his side since he arrived in the summer but knows there is still a long way to go before his team come close to being termed the finished article.
I can see the potential in Calvin Zola but no way is he the finished article and when he plays up front on his own -- like against Barnsley -- he looks totally lost.
LEEDS manager David O'Leary feels his players are "immature" and "daft" - believing they are far from the finished article in comparison to the likes of David Beckham.