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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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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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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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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.
Thomas Lombard added a second try, finishing off an exciting move after Franck Comba caught Josh Lewsey's up and under and Frabrice Landreau broke the decisive tackle.
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.
Finishing off the weekend extravaganza, Sunday's schedule included more hula presentations, musical performances by popular local bands, Natural Vibrations and Tom Curren's band, Surf Jam.
Shortly before the interval, Sestaret completed his hat trick finishing off a Barnes break which gave Albion the bonus point.
The Toreadors did just that Wednesday, finishing off nemesis Birmingham of Lake Balboa 39-34 in the City Section football quarterfinals at Taft.
WARRINGTON coach Paul Cullen admitted his ``frustration at not finishing off St Helens when we had the chance'' after the Wolves went down 28- 8 at Knowsley Road on Saturday.
These fantastic glitter tattoos are ideal for finishing off your over-all look.
And they showed the crowd of 48,187 why they are still a world force, with Bordeaux striker Sylvain Wiltord finishing off a slick five-man move in the 54th minute before Henry curled a home sweet shot from the edge of the area.
At the same time we have been finishing off one of the Northland Home Solutions houses, so that we can sell it.
He rounds out his hectic schedule with two tournaments with his Pump and Run travel team this month while finishing off the remainder of Harvard-Westlake's summer league schedule.
Sterling made amends for his earlier mistake by finishing off a break by Graham Holroyd to close the gap to two points.
Finishing off the '70s are "New York Groove" from Ace Frehley, one of 1978's simultaneously released four separate KISS solo albums, and "I Was Made For Loving You" from 1979's "Dynasty.
The baseball team can keep its grip on first place in the Golden League by finishing off a sweep of Lancaster.