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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We're not the finished article and have got a hell of a job on this year to get into that top eight.
ROMELU Lukaku insists his critics should not be judging him as the finished article.
Rangers aren't the finished article, but they are improving and Pedro Caixinha's side can win at Firhill with the help of Morelos.
uk/sport/football ARSENAL 8 7 7 6 6 6 David Ospina Alert when required, which was more often than you might think Hector Bellerin Fastest defender in English football but not yet the finished article Shkodran Mustafi Uncomfortable at times, frisky forwards kept him honest Laurent Koscielny Stay awake at the back, concentration is not an optional extra Kieran Gibbs Rude awakening if he was expecting a quiet night in Santi Cazorla Bright light that flickered but never quite burst into flames Francis Coquelin Nearer quietly efficient than dazzling, but tidy enough Theo Walcott Livelier than a beehive again, sensational finish to make it 2-0 Mesut Ozil MOTM First pro hat-trick.
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.
WE'RE not the finished article yet but we had a good win against Bromley when we beat them 4-0 last weekend.
The market's valuation of G4S has improved since the new strategy, but the it is nowhere near the finished article.
Teachers must produce a short film in Welsh or English or bilingually and if parents like what they have submitted, the Welsh Government will film the finished article and broadcast it.
We're not the finished article, but we're improving every day in training.
There's a lot of scope for improvement, I will be very disappointed if anyone sits back thinking we are the finished article, clearly we're not.
No department of the team at Darlington was the finished article," he added.
We are not the finished article by any means; we are still way off where we need to be, but winning games like this and getting four points at hard places to play, I'm pretty pleased.