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finishing touch

A small change or addition that serves to complete something. For example, The room still needed a few finishing touches, such as a flower arrangement. This expression is sometimes put asa finishing stroke. [ c. 1700 ]
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  • Yet I could hardly believe that even you would commit yourself to that finishing touch of impudence!

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
  • And it seemed to Eve as if this crime gave a finishing touch to her own misfortune.

  • This friendship put the finishing touch upon the Butterfly Man's repute.

  • Mrs. Ney, who surprised us in the midst of this discussion, gave the finishing touch.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • The newcomer paused in the doorway for an instant, evidently to add the finishing touch to a conversation previously begun.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This is exactly what I needed to give the finishing touch to my preparations!

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He brings soft moss, she a few bits of grass and straw; then both give the finishing touch by bringing flowers.

  • “That is the finishing touch,” added Lady Engleton, below her breath.

  • Irene looked at him, without reply, put the finishing touch to her dress and went downstairs.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy

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