polish off

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "polish off":
present tense I/you/we/they polish off he/she/it polishes off present participle polishing off past tense polished off past participle polished off informal
1) to eat or drink something until it is finished

Well, it didn't take us long to polish off the ice cream.

2) mainly American to defeat or kill someone

The climb up to the front door nearly polished me off.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • polish off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To defeat easily. * /The Dodgers polished off the Yankees in four straight games in the 1963 World Series./ 2. To finish completely; finish doing quickly, often in order to do something else. * /The boys were hungry and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • polish off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To defeat easily. * /The Dodgers polished off the Yankees in four straight games in the 1963 World Series./ 2. To finish completely; finish doing quickly, often in order to do something else. * /The boys were hungry and… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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