One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Finish or consume something quickly.‘they polished off most of the sausages’
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- ‘He tried as best as he could to ignore her glance as he swallowed and polished off his scramble eggs in record time.’
- ‘At one diplomatic dinner in the mid-1990s, British officials watched in fascination as he consumed vast quantities of food, polishing off course after course with greedy relish.’
- ‘So Antoine polishes off his first drink, calls her on his cell, and listens to her repeat she's coming, she's coming.’
- ‘I remember everyone drunkenly singing along to the chorus as the grizzly old bar manager brought up a half empty keg for us to polish off.’
- ‘Desserts of chocolate cake and hyper-decadent peach meringue sundae were quickly polished off, followed a fine selection of Isle of Mull cheeses and coffee.’
- ‘The mussels were huge and plentiful, and I gladly helped my wife finish off the plate after having polished off my own dish.’
- ‘Squid rings and the latter were the choices to start, and were polished off really quickly, despite there being only five of us.’
- ‘Both were polished off quickly and when the bill came for the food (drinks are paid for separately), it was only £11.’
- ‘I remember polishing off my rusks, knocking back my baby milk and jumping down from my high chair to assist.’
- ‘Those, along with the bread and cheeses, were quickly polished off.’
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