One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had polished off an apple pie and a strawberry milkshake’
eat up, finish, consume, devour, eat greedily, guzzle, feast on, binge-eat, wolf down, down, bolt
drink up, empty, drain, quaff, gulp, gulp down
informal binge on, stuff one's face with, stuff oneself with, get outside of, murder, pack away, put away, scoff, scoff down, shovel down, pig oneself on, pig out on, sink, swill, knock back, get one's laughing gear round
British informal shift, gollop, bevvy
North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, inhale, chug
rare ingurgitate, bib
2‘a third enemy plane tried to polish him off’
destroy, put an end to, finish off, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, eliminate, kill, liquidate
informal bump off, knock off, do in, blow away, take out
North American informal rub out
3‘I'll polish off the last few pages’
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
informal sew up, have something sewn up
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