polish something off


polish something off
1 he polished off an apple pie: EAT, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain, quaff, gulp (down); informal binge on, stuff oneself with, get outside of, murder, put away, scoff, shovel down, pig out on, sink, swill, knock back; Brit. informal shift, gollop; N. Amer. informal scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up).
2 the enemy tried to polish him off: DESTROY, finish off, despatch, do away with, eliminate, kill, liquidate; informal bump off, knock off, do in, take out, dispose of; N. Amer. informal rub out.
3 I'll polish off the last few pages: COMPLETE, finish, deal with, accomplish, discharge, do; end, conclude, close, finalize, round off, wind up; informal wrap up, sew up.
polish

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finish or consume something quickly

they polished off most of the sausages

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ˌpolish sthˈoff derived
(informal) to finish sth, especially food, quickly

He polished off the remains of the apple pie.

Main entry:polishderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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