Definition of Polish off

1. Verb. Finish a task completely. "I finally got through this homework assignment"

Exact synonyms: Clear Up, Finish Off, Finish Up, Get Through, Mop Up, Wrap Up
Generic synonyms: Complete, Finish
Specialized synonyms: Cap Off
Derivative terms: Mop Up



2. Verb. Kill intentionally and with premeditation. "Sam cannot polish off Sue "; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
Exact synonyms: Bump Off, Dispatch, Hit, Murder, Off, Remove, Slay
Generic synonyms: Kill
Specialized synonyms: Burke, Execute
Derivative terms: Dispatch, Hit, Murder, Murderer, Slayer, Slaying

3. Verb. Finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table. "They polish off more bread"; "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
Exact synonyms: Eat Up, Finish
Generic synonyms: Eat
Specialized synonyms: Put Away, Tuck Away, Tuck In

Definition of Polish off

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To finish completely, especially a food (polish the plate with one's tongue) or liquor. ¹

2. Verb. To remove by polishing (rubbing with a fine abrasive). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Polish off

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1. A Zulu-English Dictionary with Notes on Pronunciation: With Notes on by Alfred T. Bryant (1905)
"Do quickly, polish off briskly, as any work taken in hand, as a hut (ace.) to be built, grain to be ground, ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"To polish off, verb. phr. (colloquial).—To finish out of hand ; to get rid of summarily : as a dinner, or an adversary. 1834. DOWLING. ..."

3. A German-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1917)
"... vt polish, polish off. abgleichen, г.!. make equal, equalize; level; justify (coins); balance (accounts). ..."

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