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finish

2 noun
     
finish2 S3
1 [countable] the end or last part of something:
I was watching the race but I didn't get to see the finish.
The day was a disaster from start to finish (=from the beginning until the end).
I won't walk out - I like to see things through to the finish.
a close finish (=an end of a race where two competitors are very close to each other)
2

a fight to the finish

a fight or game in which the teams or competitors struggle until one is completely defeated
3 [uncountable and countable] the appearance of the surface of an object after it has been painted, polished etc:
That table has a beautiful finish.

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