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 for To polish off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polish \Pol"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polished; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Polishing.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. Polite, -ish]
     1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to
        burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass,
        marble, metals, etc.
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     2. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or
        rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish
        life or manners. --Milton.
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     To polish off, to finish completely, as an adversary.
        [Slang] --W. H. Russell.
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