the finished article

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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RCCI President said that the majority of purchases are not being made directly from manufacturers but from international local markets hence it is impossible for the importers to determine retail price of the finished article including all overheads and print the same in the exporting country.
In addition, majority of purchases is not being made directly from manufacturers but from international local markets hence it is impossible for the commercial importers to determine retail price of the finished article including all overheads and print the same in the exporting country, he said and added that manufacturers were also reluctant to print retail price for Pakistani markets on their products.
BRENDAN RODGERS says PS50millionrated England star Ben Chilwell isn't even the finished article.
"I have aspirations to be a manager one day but that is in four or five years - I'm nowhere near the finished article," Terry said.
I don't know if he's the finished article just yet, but he doesn't look too bad at all right now.
O'Connor claims Neves is not the finished article yet.
'OVERZEALOUS' Eric Bailly is not the finished article yet but will only get better with age and maturity, according to former United defender Gary Pallister.
"We're not the finished article and have got a hell of a job on this year to get into that top eight."
"I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article. I'm 24.
Rangers aren't the finished article, but they are improving and Pedro Caixinha's side can win at Firhill with the help of Morelos.
"We know we're not the finished article. We have made huge strides and we've got to continue to work out ways to get on the right side of these scenarios when things aren't favourable to us.
The resulting light weighting has cut the cost of production, packaging and transportation of the finished article, and lowered the total cost of ownership of the production equipment.
MARCUS RASHFORD is still not the finished article, according to the man who helped guide him through Manchester United's youth ranks.
And while Stubbs admits his hitman isn't the finished article like Celtic star Griffiths, he believes Cummings has the potential to become a top-class player.
The market's valuation of G4S has improved since the new strategy, but the it is nowhere near the finished article.