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 polished off a big steak./ * /Mary polished off her homework early so that she could watch TV./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • polish off — verb 1. finish a task completely (Freq. 1) I finally got through this homework assignment • Syn: ↑get through, ↑wrap up, ↑finish off, ↑mop up, ↑clear up, ↑finish up …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — 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 — transitive verb Date: 1829 to finish off or dispose of rapidly or completely …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polish off — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. Informal. To use all of: consume, drain, draw down, eat up, exhaust, expend, finish, play out, run through, spend, use up. See INCREASE. 2. Informal. To eat completely or entirely: consume, devour, dispatch, eat… …   English dictionary for students

  • Polish off — to finish or complete something (e.g. a meal) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • polish off — Australian Slang to finish or complete something (e.g. a meal) …   English dialects glossary

  • To polish off — Polish Pol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polishing}.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. {Polite}, { ish}] 1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polish — Pol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polishing}.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. {Polite}, { ish}] 1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polish something off — (informal) 1 he polished off an apple pie: EAT, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain …   Useful english dictionary

  • polish — polisher, n. /pol ish/, v.t. 1. to make smooth and glossy, esp. by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob. 2. to render finished, refined, or elegant: His speech needs polishing. v.i. 3. to become smooth and glossy through polishing: a… …   Universalium


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