finish off


finish off
a) To finish completely

I was hungry, so I finished off the last of the cakes.

b) To kill.

It was the blow to the head that finished him off, not the bullet wound.


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  • finish off — index cap, extinguish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • finish off — phrasal verb Word forms finish off : present tense I/you/we/they finish off he/she/it finishes off present participle finishing off past tense finished off past participle finished off 1) [intransitive/transitive] same as finish I, 1) They hired… …   English dictionary

  • finish off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you finish off something that you have been eating or drinking, you eat or drink the last part of it with the result that there is none left. [V P n (not pron)] Kelly finished off his coffee... [V n P] He took the bottle from… …   English dictionary

  • finish off — finish (someone/something) off to destroy or completely defeat someone or something. Lack of water finished off the agricultural communities in the valley. He insisted that the disease was not going to finish him off …   New idioms dictionary

  • finish off — verb finish a task completely I finally got through this homework assignment • Syn: ↑get through, ↑wrap up, ↑mop up, ↑polish off, ↑clear up, ↑finish up • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • finish off — 1) the executioners finished them off Syn: kill, take/end the life of, execute, terminate, exterminate, liquidate, get rid of; informal wipe out, do in, bump off, take out, dispose of, do away with, ice, rub out, waste 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • finish off — I. eat the remaining amount, eat the last piece    The kids finished off the cake when they got home. II. kill, strike the final blow    The spider finished off the fly and began to eat it …   English idioms

  • finish off — complete; use up, consume; kill, defeat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • finish — [fin′ish] vt. [ME finishen < extended stem of OFr finir < L finire, to end < finis, an end, limit, orig., boundary (post), something fixed in the ground < IE base * dhīgw , to stick in > DIKE1, L figere, FIX] 1. a) to bring to an… …   English World dictionary

  • finish — ► VERB 1) bring or come to an end. 2) consume or get through the whole or the remainder of (food or drink). 3) (finish with) have nothing more to do with. 4) reach the end of a race or other sporting competition. 5) (finish up) chiefly Brit. end… …   English terms dictionary


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