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polish off

  

      vb   tr, adv  
Informal  
1    to finish or process completely  
2    to dispose of or kill; eliminate  
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polish  
      vb  
1    to make or become smooth and shiny by rubbing, esp. with wax or an abrasive  
2    tr   to make perfect or complete  
3    to make or become elegant or refined  
      n  
4    a finish or gloss  
5    the act of polishing or the condition of having been polished  
6    a substance used to produce a smooth and shiny, often protective surface  
7    elegance or refinement, esp. in style, manner, etc.,   (See also)        polish off       polish up  
     (C13 polis, from Old French polir, from Latin polire to polish)  
  polishable      adj  
  polisher      n  


French polish  
      n  
1    a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol  
2    the gloss finish produced by repeated applications of this polish  
French-polish  
      vb   to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)  
nail polish   , varnish   ,   (U.S.)   enamel  
      n   a quick-drying lacquer applied to colour the nails or make them shiny or esp. both  
Polish  
      adj  
1    of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its people, or their language  
      n  
2    the official language of Poland, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family  
Polish Corridor  
      n   the strip of land through E Pomerania providing Poland with access to the sea (1919--39), given to her in 1919 in the Treaty of Versailles, and separating East Prussia from the rest of Germany. It is now part of Poland  
Polish notation  
      n   a logical notation that dispenses with the need for brackets by writing the logical constants as operators preceding their arguments  
polish off  
      vb   tr, adv  
Informal  
1    to finish or process completely  
2    to dispose of or kill; eliminate  
polish up  
      vb   adv  
1    to make or become smooth and shiny by polishing  
2    when intr, foll by: on   to study or practise until adept at; improve  
polish up your spelling, he's polishing up on his German     
spit and polish  
      n  
Informal   punctilious attention to neatness, discipline, etc., esp. in the armed forces  

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polish off

  
1    consume, down, eat up, finish, put away, shift     (informal)   swill, wolf  
2    blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   bump off     (informal)   dispose of, do away with, do in     (slang)   eliminate, get rid of, kill, liquidate, murder, take out     (slang)  

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polish  
      vb  
1    brighten, buff, burnish, clean, furbish, rub, shine, smooth, wax  
2    brush up, correct, cultivate, emend, enhance, finish, improve, perfect, refine, touch up  
      n  
3    brightness, brilliance, finish, glaze, gloss, lustre, sheen, smoothness, sparkle, veneer  
4    varnish, wax  
5      (figurative)   breeding, class     (informal)   elegance, finesse, finish, grace, politesse, refinement, style, suavity, urbanity  


polish off  
1    consume, down, eat up, finish, put away, shift     (informal)   swill, wolf  
2    blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   bump off     (informal)   dispose of, do away with, do in     (slang)   eliminate, get rid of, kill, liquidate, murder, take out     (slang)  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
[Slang]
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
v.
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
exp.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
laughing my fucking ass off
[Slang];[Arg.]
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
exp.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
id.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
v.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]
v.
talk incessantly ; be very talkative/voluble ; be a chatterbox
[UK] [informal] Ex: When it comes to Pink Floyd, his all-time favorite band, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
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