polish off

informal
1)

he polished off an apple pie

Syn:
eat, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain, quaff, gulp (down), binge on, gorge on; informal stuff oneself with, put away, scoff, shovel down, pig out on, swill, knock back, scarf (down/up)
2)

the enemy tried to polish him off

Syn:
destroy, finish off, dispatch, do away with, eliminate, kill, liquidate; informal bump off, knock off, do in, take out, dispose of; rub out
3)

I'll polish off the last few pages

Syn:
complete, finish, deal with, accomplish, discharge, do; end, conclude, close, finalize, round off, wind up; informal wrap up, sew up

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