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[fin-isht] /ˈfɪn ɪʃt/
ended or completed.
completed or perfected in all details, as a product:
to pack and ship finished items.
polished to the highest degree of excellence:
a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
highly skilled or accomplished:
a finished violinist.
condemned, doomed, or in the process of extinction:
The aristocracy was finished after the revolution.
(of livestock) fattened and ready for market.
Origin of finished
First recorded in 1575-85; finish + -ed2
Related forms
half-finished, adjective
well-finished, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for well-finished
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  • But, if Im forced to be a fool, I might as well have a well-finished job of it.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • There are also a pair of well-finished pistols in the holsters.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • They are well-finished English pistols, and I have no doubt he will prize them.

    The Tiger of Mysore

    G. A. Henty
  • They had well-finished lances in their hands, twenty feet long, and highly carved and polished clubs and pikes.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • We say artists, for these goods are as much a work of art as any piece of statuary, or a well-finished oil painting.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • Scarabi also of the more elegant and well-finished descriptions are not beyond the range of this curious counterfeiter.

  • I examined the state-house, which is a simple, but well-finished brick building of two stories.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • I admit the great stone wall was of good masonry, and so was the well-finished praying-square wall.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • "I 'm not sure that I am," said he, moodily, as he stood examining the lock of the well-finished rifle.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • It is necessary to have an extra pair of rods, if one desires a smooth and well-finished rug.

    Hand-Loom Weaving

    Mattie Phipps Todd
British Dictionary definitions for well-finished


adjective (well finished when postpositive)
(of a garment, piece of furniture, interior decoration, etc) completed with a high degree of attention to detail and surface appearance: the woodwork is well finished


(predicative) at the end of a task, activity, etc: they were finished by four
(predicative) without further hope of success or continuation: she was finished as a prima ballerina
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for well-finished



Ruined; no longer able to function or compete; dead, kaput: After two tries he was finished/ She couldn't act any longer and was finished at thirty

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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