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English definition of “finish someone/something off”

finish someone/something off

(DESTROY) phrasal verb with finish    /ˈfɪn·ɪʃ/ verb [I/T]
to destroy or completely defeat someone or something: Lack of water finished off the agricultural communities in the valley. He says he refuses to let the disease finish him off.
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