polish off


polished off; polishing off; polishes off

transitive verb

: to finish off or dispose of rapidly or completely

Examples of polish off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paul had just polished off a 14-assist, zero-turnover masterclass in a win Wednesday night over the Grizzlies. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Sheffield came back from 2-0 down to equalize but couldn't find another way back, with Danny Welbeck polishing off the win in injury time. Mattias Karen, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 By polishing off a home sweep of Colorado and No. 18 Utah, UCLA now has seven wins against ranked opponents. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Clingan's first collegiate 3-pointer with 15:32 left polished off a 12-0 run and gave UConn a 61-26 lead. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 29 Jan. 2024 Queen Bey’s look was polished off with oversized sunglasses, a holographic Luar bag, and—of course—her cowboy hat. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 Jackson was sitting by himself, polishing off a Shake Shack hamburger in a neon-pink T-shirt emblazoned with the faces of Viki and Niki from One Life to Live. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Del Mar has been selected to cash in again in 2025, the first back-to-back host since Santa Anita polished off a three-year run in 2014. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2023 Which are all celebrity biographies, polished off with familiar music. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polish off was in 1827

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“Polish off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polish%20off. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

polish off

: to finish off or dispose of rapidly or completely
polished off the whole meal

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