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English verb: polish off

1. polish off (change) finish a task completely


SamplesI finally got through this homework assignment.


Synonymsclear up, finish off, finish up, get through, mop up, wrap up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)complete, finish


Narrower (hyponym)cap off

2. polish off (social) kill intentionally and with premeditation


SamplesThe mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered.


Synonymsbump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, remove, slay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill


Narrower (hyponym)burke, execute

3. polish off (consumption) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table


SamplesShe polished off the remaining potatoes.


ExamplesThey polish off more bread


Synonymseat up, finish


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)eat


Narrower (hyponym)put away, tuck away, tuck in









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