Meaning of “finish someone/something off” in the English Dictionary

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"finish someone/something off" in American English

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finish someone/something off

phrasal verb with finish us /ˈfɪn·ɪʃ/ verb [ I/T ]

(DESTROY)

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.

(Definition of “finish someone/something off” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)