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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FINISHING

Something in her heart or her throat prevented Hester from finishing the sentence.

When she re-entered he sat as if he were only finishing the glass she had left him with.

In the hurry of finishing, some of the woodwork had but one coat of paint.

The wine coming at the moment prevented his finishing the sentence.

And it seemed to Eve as if this crime gave a finishing touch to her own misfortune.

Mrs. Ney, who surprised us in the midst of this discussion, gave the finishing touch.

I had neither advice nor assistance from any one in finishing the plate.

But the workmen who were finishing the interior were not so quick as the painters and gilders.

Meanwhile at the other end of the room three ladies were finishing their tea.

We might then one day give the finishing blow to the devil in us.

WORD ORIGIN

1779, "that which finishes or gives completion," from finish (v.). Meaning "the end" is from 1790. Finish line attested from 1873.

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