polish off

verb
1. finish a task completely (Freq. 1)
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I finally got through this homework assignment

Syn: ↑get through, ↑wrap up, ↑finish off, ↑mop up, ↑clear up, ↑finish up
Derivationally related forms: ↑mop up (for: ↑mop up)
Hypernyms: ↑complete, ↑finish
Hyponyms: ↑cap off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. kill intentionally and with premeditation
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The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered

Syn:
murder, ↑slay, ↑hit, ↑dispatch, ↑bump off, ↑off, ↑remove
Derivationally related forms: ↑dispatch (for: ↑dispatch), ↑hit (for: ↑hit), ↑slayer (for: ↑slay), ↑slaying (for: ↑slay), ↑murder (for: ↑murder), ↑murderer (for: ↑murder)
Hypernyms: ↑kill
Hyponyms: ↑burke, ↑execute
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

3. finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
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She polished off the remaining potatoes

Syn: ↑eat up, ↑finish
Hypernyms: ↑eat
Hyponyms: ↑tuck in, ↑tuck away, ↑put away
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s

(for: ↑eat up)
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They polish off more bread

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polish off [phrasal verb]
1 polish (something) off or polish off (something) informal : to finish (something) completely

We polished off the whole pie.

He had polished off the book before bed.

2 polish (someone or something) off or polish off (someone or something) : to defeat (someone or something) in a contest, game, etc.

They polished off the visiting team, 6‒0.

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Main Entry:polish

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • polish off — (something) to finish something quickly and easily. He polished off two burgers and a mountain of French fries. He was nearly finished with the report, and said he could polish it off in another hour or two. Usage notes: most often used about… …   New idioms dictionary

  • polish off — [v] finish using consume, devour, dispatch, dispose of, do away with*, down*, eat, eat up, eliminate, get rid of*, liquidate, put away*, swill*, use up, wolf*; concepts 169,225 Ant. hoard, save …   New thesaurus

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • polish off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you polish off food or drink, you eat or drink all of it, or finish it. [INFORMAL] [V n P] No matter what he is offered to eat he polishes it off in an instant... [V P n (not pron)] He polished off his scotch and slammed the… …   English dictionary

  • polish off — informal 1) he polished off an apple pie Syn: eat, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain, quaff, gulp (down), binge on, gorge on; informal stuff oneself with, put away, scoff, shovel …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • polish off — verb a) To finish completely, especially a food (polish the plate with ones tongue) or liquor. They polished off the last of the cake. b) To remove by polishing (rubbing with a fine abrasive). White rice is rice that has had the brownish hull… …   Wiktionary

  • polish off —    If you polish something off, you finish it quickly or easily.     Susan thought there was too much food but the boys polished it off in no time …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • polish off — Synonyms and related words: KO, accomplish, achieve, attain, blast, blot out, bump off, call off, cancel, compass, complete, consummate, croak, deal with, delete, discharge, dispatch, dispose of, do, do in, do the job, do the trick, drop the… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • 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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