polish off

   If you polish something off, you finish it quickly or easily.
   

Susan thought there was too much food but the boys polished it off in no time.


English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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  • polish off — verb 1. finish a task completely (Freq. 1) I finally got through this homework assignment • Syn: ↑get through, ↑wrap up, ↑finish off, ↑mop up, ↑clear up, ↑finish up …   Useful english dictionary

  • polish off — verb a) To finish completely, especially a food (polish the plate with ones tongue) or liquor. They polished off the last of the cake. b) To remove by polishing (rubbing with a fine abrasive). White rice is rice that has had the brownish hull… …   Wiktionary

  • polish off — Synonyms and related words: KO, accomplish, achieve, attain, blast, blot out, bump off, call off, cancel, compass, complete, consummate, croak, deal with, delete, discharge, dispatch, dispose of, do, do in, do the job, do the trick, drop the… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • polish off — transitive verb Date: 1829 to finish off or dispose of rapidly or completely …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polish off — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. Informal. To use all of: consume, drain, draw down, eat up, exhaust, expend, finish, play out, run through, spend, use up. See INCREASE. 2. Informal. To eat completely or entirely: consume, devour, dispatch, eat… …   English dictionary for students

  • To polish off — Polish Pol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polishing}.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. {Polite}, { ish}] 1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polish — Pol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polishing}.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. {Polite}, { ish}] 1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polish something off — (informal) 1 he polished off an apple pie: EAT, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain …   Useful english dictionary

  • polish — polisher, n. /pol ish/, v.t. 1. to make smooth and glossy, esp. by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob. 2. to render finished, refined, or elegant: His speech needs polishing. v.i. 3. to become smooth and glossy through polishing: a… …   Universalium

  • polish — Synonyms and related words: Atticism, abradant, abrasive, acculturation, acquired taste, aluminum oxide, ameliorate, appreciation of excellence, appropriateness, auto polish, beautify, better, breeding, brighten, brighten up, brightness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • off — Synonyms and related words: aberrant, abnormal, abroad, absonant, absurd, adrift, adulterated, all abroad, all off, all wrong, aloof, amiss, askew, astray, at a distance, at fault, at leisure, at liberty, at loose ends, atonal, available, away,… …   Moby Thesaurus


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