Definition of finish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
    Describing art
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  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] the last part or the end of something a dramatic finish to the race It was a close finish, as they had predicted. They won in the end but it was a tight finish. The story was a lie from start to finish. I want to see the job through to the finish. see also photo finish
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] the last covering of paint, polish, etc. that is put onto the surface of something; the condition of the surface to apply extra coats of finish a gloss/matt finish furniture available in a range of finishes See related entries: Describing art
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] the final details that are added to something to make it complete The bows will give a feminine finish to the curtains.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French feniss-, lengthened stem of fenir, from Latin finire, from finis ‘end’.Extra examples He won a hard uphill finish at the recent Tour de Suisse. Her car suffered from gearbox trouble, but she was still in at the finish. His best finish was 11th in the Hungarian Grand Prix. How did you achieve that finish on the wood? It was a photo finish, with three horses neck and neck at the finishing line. It was the perfect finish to a wonderful day. Make sure the surface is clean and smooth before the finish is applied. Sand the wood to a fine finish using steel wool. Several runners needed medical attention at the finish. The pair just missed out on a podium finish when they took fourth place. The rules of the game were changed to provide a more exciting finish for the television audience. The runners came around the bend for a sprint finish in the home straight. The steel roof has been coloured to match the finish of the original wrought iron. The team had another last-place finish. The wall and floor finishes are all of the the highest standard. The wall has been painted to match the finish of the original. The walls have a faux finish that mimics old plaster walls. They fought bravely right to the finish. This paint has a gloss finish. This trim really does give the garment a professional finish. With our new tool for putting up wallpaper you can get a perfect finish every time. With our new tool you get a perfect finish every time. a door handle with a brass finish a dramatic finish to the game a guitar with a natural wood finish He led the race from start to finish. I want to see the job right through to the finish. It was a close finish, as they had predicted. They won in the end but it was a tight finish.Idioms
    fight shy of something/of doing something
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    to be unwilling to accept something or do something, and to try to avoid it Successive governments have fought shy of such measures.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: finish