polish off

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polish off (third-person singular simple present polishes off, present participle polishing off, simple past and past participle polished off)

  1. (idiomatic) To finish completely, especially a food (polish the plate with one's tongue) or liquor.
    They polished off the last of the cake.
  2. To remove by polishing (rubbing with a fine abrasive).
    White rice is rice that has had the brownish hull polished off leaving just the white inner part of the grain.

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