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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 (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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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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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"This is the starting point to finishing off the Maghreb construct which is a strategic claim and a prerequisite for the materialisation of the Maghreb peoples' aspirations to lift the material, moral and legal barriers," the Moroccan Premier added.
The work ethic has been there and I was very happy to see the backs finishing off some moves.
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Longford, meanwhile, are finishing off their campaign in low-key fashion - an unusual development for them given their recent history.
The striker scored his sixth goal of the season early in the second half, finishing off good work by Paul Ellender.
Finishing off teams is important, but also a healthy goal difference may prove to be vital in May.
Ireland responded immediately with Justin Sherriff finishing off a fine move but it was a mere consolation.
Contractors from Tom Jones Construction of Thunder Bay are finishing off the canopies and the inspection areas are in the final stages of construction, expected to be completed by Jan.
The scoring was finished but the excitement wasn't with McGleish going closest to finishing off the Cobblers as Barnet kept up the pressure after the break in search of a third goal to finish off the visitors.
Highsmith adds that "it's easier to design a drug that inhibits a protein than it is to design a drug that tweaks a faulty protein back to normal." Both researchers say the novel approach of "finishing off" an already hobbled gene must await experimental proof of its value.
The communist party said the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief's promise was also contrary to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's statement that finishing off the rebels in a year is 'far-fetched.'
Fylde were in front at half time but Cov always had the edge up front and kept Fylde's free-running backs in check for most of the 80 minutes before finishing off in style with 14 points in the final six minutes.