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finishing school

a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society.
Origin of finishing school
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have said that the North Sea was my finishing school of seamanship before I launched myself on the wider oceans.

  • Either the Paris "finishing school" or the Bath air had gone to her head.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • The following year she was sent to a finishing school in Paris, and while she was there her father died suddenly.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • A girl out of a finishing school wouldn't be of any use to me.

    Dr. Jonathan (A Play) Winston Churchill
  • She was then seventeen years of age and attending a finishing school in that city.

    The Home Life of Poe Susan Archer Weiss
  • Is that the way you learn to express yourself at a finishing school?

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • The course of study at the Parisian finishing school had evidently been too hard for the spoiled heiress.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for finishing school

finishing school

a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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