finishing school


Definition of finishing school 

: a private school for girls that emphasizes cultural studies and prepares students especially for social activities

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Caitlin and Scott Patterson — siblings who were born in McCall but finished school in Alaska — were named to the U.S. Olympic Team for cross country skiing Friday. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Siblings who were born in McCall named to U.S. Olympic ski team," 26 Jan. 2018 The daughter of a British Army officer, Camilla grows up socializing with royals (her childhood home was recently for sale) and attends Queens Gate school in London and finishing schools in Switzerland. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles's Royal Romance," 1 June 2017 Some of those young people end up homeless and have a hard time finishing school. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana Senate passes budget with TOPS, health care money -- and more taxes," 3 June 2018 All the research shows that students like her might take a really long time to finish school, and at the same time, that degree will really pay off for her. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Lu's wife, 31-year-old Yang Li, was inside their home waiting for their 7-year-old son to finish school. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Brooklyn man who allegedly chopped off wife's arm is caught in food court near Niagara Falls," 24 June 2018 In addition to serving as class president, Letendre was awarded the President’s Early College Award Monday night for finishing school with the highest grade-point average while completing a minimum of 30 credits per year. Ruth Bruno,, "'Legendary' University High School Students Look To The Future," 18 June 2018 As a level, Triple A is more of a holding place for veterans and fringe big leaguers than a finishing school for legitimate prospects. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Three Players Limiting the Cubs, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s Eruption and Ohtani's Filthy Splitter," 29 May 2018 Experts and advocates say those who marry young are less likely to finish school and are vulnerable to abuse. Talia Kirkland, Fox News, "After Delaware raises marriage age to 18, some wonder if other states will follow suit," 25 May 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of finishing school

: a private school where girls from wealthy families are taught proper behavior and manners

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