"finishing" in the noun sense
1. coating, finish, finishing
a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance
"the boat had a metallic finish"
"he applied a coat of a clear finish"
"when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"
2. finish, finishing
the act of finishing
"his best finish in a major tournament was third"
"the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
"finishing" in the verb sense
1. complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end others finished in over 4 hours"
"He finished the dishes"
"She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"
"The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours
2. finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish
finally be or do something
"He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"
"he wound up being unemployed and living at home again"
3. end, stop, finish, terminate, cease
have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense either spatial or metaphorical
"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"
"Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"
"My property ends by the bushes"
"The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
provide with a finish
"The carpenter finished the table beautifully"
"this shirt is not finished properly"
5. eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
"She polished off the remaining potatoes"
cause to finish a relationship with somebody
"That finished me with Mary"
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