Meaning of “finish (sth) up” in the English Dictionary

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"finish (sth) up" in British English

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finish (sth) up

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

to eat or drink all of what you are eating or drinking:

Finish up your dinner and you can have dessert.

More examples

  • We're leaving in five minutes, so finish up your breakfast quickly.
  • Between them, they finished up the entire bottle of whiskey.
  • There's only one chocolate left in the box, so why don't you finish it up?
  • The children didn't take long to finish up their chips.
  • Quick, finish up before Mum comes back with the dessert.

(Definition of “finish (sth) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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