finishing school


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

Examples of finishing school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Natalie was one of only a few Jews at Cranbrook Kingswood, a girls’ finishing school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Elsa Dixler, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 The studio and Wells Prods. proved to be a finishing school for showrunners and top producers such as Zabel, Stiehm, Neal Baer, Janine Sherman Barrois, Dee Johnson, Mimi Leder, Lydia Woodward, Carol Flint, Christopher Chulack, Jack Orman and others. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 31 May 2023 Nicole and Michael posted a joint carousel of Boomer and his younger brother finishing school, with the last slide showing Boomer all muddy after participating in the tradition. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 Once a proud finishing school for aspiringpro wrestlers whose alumni include Brock Lesnar, The Miz, John Cena, Dave Bautista, and Randy Orton, the gym has since hit hard times. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2023 The United States needs players competing against their rivals and peers in the Champions League, not only as a finishing school but as a way to better understand their relative strength. Rory Smith, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2023 The salad sits on a puddle of toum mixed with tahini and eats like a gyro — a gyro sent to finishing school, that is. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Frank's mother grew up in and around Prague and attended finishing school in Switzerland. The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2023 Jack Brooks and Bryan Hill elected to enter the workforce after finishing school, while Jason Brooks departed in search of more playing time. Creg Stephenson |, al, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finishing school was in 1832

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“Finishing school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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