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finish someone/something off

phrasal verb with finish  us   /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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