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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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 Marie, who is 27 and asked not to be identified by her full name, got sober, finished school and landed a job at Recovery Point. NBC News, "Women addicted to opioids turn to sex work in West Virginia," 30 Apr. 2018 Here are some key things to know about Mount Ida: History: Mount Ida was founded in 1899 as a girls finishing school by George Franklin Jewett and Abigail Faye Jewett. Margeaux Sippell,, "Some key facts about Mount Ida College," 11 Apr. 2018 People that really know me try to tell me to finish school. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: How will ASU's 'NFL model' affect star wide receiver N'Keal Harry?," 21 Mar. 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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

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