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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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  • And it seemed to Eve as if this crime gave a finishing touch to her own misfortune.

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

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • This sight put a finishing touch to the excitement of the Moranges.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • This interview was, so to speak, a finishing touch to the unhappy chevalier.

  • The smile put the finishing touch to Molly's righteous anger.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • That would have given just the finishing touch to the Uncle Ned business.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • This is exactly what I needed to give the finishing touch to my preparations!

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • “That is the finishing touch,” added Lady Engleton, below her breath.

  • Well, he supposed that was about the finishing touch—if they wanted to do the thing in style.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair

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