Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “finish sb/sth off”

See all translations

finish sb/sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with finish   /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/ us  

(KILL)

informal to kill someone or something, especially if they have already been injured: A third heart attack finally finished off the old man.

(DEFEAT)

to defeat a person or team that you are competing against in a sports event: He could spar well enough but he couldn't seem to finish off his opponents.
Translations of “finish sb/sth off”
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺死, 殺死,毀滅,幹掉(尤指已受傷者)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀死, 杀死,毁灭,干掉(尤指已受伤者)…
(Definition of finish sb/sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of finish sb/sth off?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More