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From finish +‎ -er.



finisher (plural finishers)

  1. A person who finishes or completes something.
    The early finishers waited for the other runners to reach the finish line.
  2. A person who applies a finish to something, such as furniture.
  3. The person who applies the gilding and decoration in bookbinding.
    • 1838, Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois[3], Springfield, Illinois:
      If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
  4. A construction machine used to smooth a newly constructed road surface.
  5. (boxing) The blow that ends a fight; the knock-out blow.
    • 1934, Robert E. Howard, “General Ironfist” in Jack Dempsey's Fight Magazine, June 1934,[4]
      A thundering right to the head bent him back over the ropes, and then, just as I was setting myself for the finisher, I felt somebody jerking my pants leg []
  6. (video games, informal) A finishing move.
    • 1999, BradyGames, Secret Codes for Sega Dreamcast
      Tie Up Fallaway Slam (Finisher)
    • 2002, Ben Cureton, Paul Edwards, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance(tm) Official Strategy Guide
      Shadow Kick (OO+O) is best used as a punishing move and a combo finisher.
  7. (soccer) A player who shoots goals.
    • 2013, Alistair Magowan, "Arsenal 3-1 Stoke", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
      After suffering a broken leg in a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in 2010, the goal allowed Ramsey to put a positive slant on this fixture and show how he is evolving into a composed finisher.
  8. (rugby) A substitute player who plays at the end of the game.