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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)
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