finishing off


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finishing off

In joinery, preparations for a finish surface.
References in classic literature ?
Mr Chuckster was standing behind the lid of his desk, making such preparations towards finishing off for the night, as pulling down his wristbands and pulling up his shirt-collar, settling his neck more gracefully in his stock, and secretly arranging his whiskers by the aid of a little triangular bit of looking glass.
Polly was just finishing off with one delicious "go" all by herself, when she heard a familiar whistle behind her, and before she could get off, up came Tom, looking as much astonished as if he had found her mounted, on an elephant.
Know that Monsieur de Bracieux is rich enough to drink a tun of port wine, even if obliged to pay a pistole for every drop." His manner became more and more lofty every instant; then he arose and after finishing off the beer at one draught he advanced majestically to the door of the compartment where the wine was.
Harry Ramage then took route one through the visitors' defence, finishing off a 20-metre charge to score under the posts.
UP captain Diana Carlos then took her turn in finishing off UE with two straight kills.
Stour need a bonus-point victory this weekend to put the pressure back on Ionians, who face a testing trip to Sheffield Tigers before finishing off against Caldy on May 4.
If democratization could pave the way for the finishing off of the PKK, then the PKK could not have existed in Europe.
CARTHAGE (TAP) - Morocco's Prime Minister Abdelilah Ben Kiran pointed out the Tunisian and Moroccan will to reactivate the process of finishing off the Maghreb edifice in a "concrete and realistic manner" and see to it that the forthcoming Maghreb Summit, scheduled for October 2012 in Tunis, will be crowned by efficient decisions and measures.
We've been very close and it was very satisfying to see the back line finishing off a few moves.
He's forced to do a lot of running down the channels rather than plonking himself in the box and finishing off someone else's approach play.
Kings Cross Park responded with a try of their own, but the All Blacks hit back positively, with Rob Lewis finishing off a good flowing move before Ross White added try No4.
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