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finish up

1. To end or conclude. When do you think the dinner party will finish up? I think the caterers need the room. The concert should finish up around 11.
2. To stop working on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "finish" and "up." My 10:30 client was a cut and color so I'm just finishing her up now. The boss wants to know how much time you need to finish up the report.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

finish someone or something up

Fig. to finish doing something to someone or something. I will finish this typing up in a few minutes. She finished up Fred in a short time.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

finish up

v.
1. To conclude something; bring something to an end: We finished up dinner and took the dirty dishes to the kitchen. The council finished the meeting up by stating when the next meeting would occur.
2. To conclude; end: The meeting finished up at 11:00. Finish up reading your book, already—it's late!
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I felt quite smug as I finished up my shopping that fall.
Answer: LTLs wanted their labor contract to expire before the Teamsters' pact with United Parcel Service finished up, said Tim Lynch, chief executive officer of the Motor Carriers Association, which represented motor carrier management in the recent labor talks.