Definition of polish something off in English:

polish something off

phrasal verb

  • Finish or consume something quickly.

    ‘they polished off most of the sausages’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mussels were huge and plentiful, and I gladly helped my wife finish off the plate after having polished off my own dish.’
    • ‘He tried as best as he could to ignore her glance as he swallowed and polished off his scramble eggs in record time.’
    • ‘Both were polished off quickly and when the bill came for the food (drinks are paid for separately), it was only £11.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember polishing off my rusks, knocking back my baby milk and jumping down from my high chair to assist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Squid rings and the latter were the choices to start, and were polished off really quickly, despite there being only five of us.’
    • ‘So Antoine polishes off his first drink, calls her on his cell, and listens to her repeat she's coming, she's coming.’
    • ‘Those, along with the bread and cheeses, were quickly polished off.’
    complete, finish, deal with, wrap up, accomplish, execute, discharge, do, get done, fulfil, achieve, attain, end, conclude, close, bring to a close, bring to a conclusion, bring to a end, finalize, stop, cease, terminate, round off, wind up
    eat up, finish, consume, devour, eat greedily, guzzle, feast on, binge-eat, wolf down, down, bolt
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