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Polish off   /pˈɑlɪʃ ɔf/   Listen
Polish off

Finish a task completely.  Synonyms: clear up, finish off, finish up, get through, mop up, wrap up.
Kill intentionally and with premeditation.  Synonyms: bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, remove, slay.
Finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table.  Synonyms: eat up, finish.

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"Polish off" Quotes from Famous Books

... milk an' I'll bake 'em a crusty cottage loaf or some buns wi' currants in 'em, same as you children like. Nothin's so good as fresh milk an' bread. Then they could take off th' edge o' their hunger while they were in their garden an' th' fine food they get indoors 'ud polish off th' corners." ...
— The Secret Garden • Frances Hodgson Burnett

... to train to do that trick," said Punch Swallows. "A man who can knock out Kid Lajoie ought to polish off a freshman ...
— Frank Merriwell at Yale • Burt L. Standish

... entrance to a factory yard when he felt a hand on his shoulder, and wheeling around found himself confronted by Jack Sagger, Nick Sammel, and half a dozen others, who had gathered to see their leader "polish off" ...
— Joe The Hotel Boy • Horatio Alger Jr.

... First, we polish off some batches Of political dispatches, And foreign politicians circumvent; Then, if business isn't heavy, We may hold a Royal levee, Or ratify some acts of Parliament; Then we probably review the household troops— With the ...
— Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs • W. S. Gilbert

... a better reason for his going dry than that, Juan. He does n't have chance for a drink alongside of that gray-bellied French priest below. Caramba! it takes him to polish off the ...
— Prisoners of Chance - The Story of What Befell Geoffrey Benteen, Borderman, - through His Love for a Lady of France • Randall Parrish

... journalist to finish at Christmas a two-thousand word article, full of discrimination as fine as Irish lace, about the fiction of the year; and other terrifying specialists were engaged to deal amply with the remaining branches of literature. To-day, one man in one column and one day will polish off what five of us scarcely exhausted in seven columns and seven days. I am referring to the distant past of a dozen years ago, before William de Morgan was born, and before America and Elinor Glyn had discovered each other. Last week many newspapers dismissed the entire fiction of 1910 ...
— Books and Persons - Being Comments on a Past Epoch 1908-1911 • Arnold Bennett

Words linked to "Polish off" :   tuck in, put away, burke, kill, tuck away, execute, eat, cap off, complete

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