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.
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How to use finishing school in a sentence
Izzard plays a teacher, Thomas Miller, who takes a job at Augusta-Victoria College, a finishing school in the coastal town of Bexhill-on-Sea that’s sort of a cross-cultural experiment between England and Germany.With Six Minutes to Midnight, Eddie Izzard Spins an Unusually Gentle-Spirited Spy Tale | Stephanie Zacharek | March 26, 2021 | Time
Gibbs began as “part finishing school and part party school,” where girls “could escape for a year between college and getting married and let their hair down.”The hotel that nurtured ambitious women and their New York dreams | Mary Jo Murphy | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Le Femme finishing school helps transwomen find their inner beauty, no matter their age.
And much of the credit to her transformation is owed to a finishing school that caters to women just like her.
“I always read him as an older kind of a guy on the cusp of finishing school and finding a job,” he said.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans | Kevin Fallon | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My take on that is that I always read him as an older kind of a guy on the cusp of finishing school and finding a job.'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Knows You Think He's Too Old to Play Jonas | Kevin Fallon | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's hard to believe but there was an actual finishing school for explorers.
When Avice went back to Sandbourne to the finishing school they kept up the acquaintance in secret.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
When Fall comes I mean to take you East and put you in some good finishing school.Bob Hampton of Placer | Randall Parrish
It was not a democratic institution, but the finishing school of the future legislators and experts in the science of government.Thomas Jefferson | Gilbert Chinard
Adversity was to be the finishing school of his studies—nature the book presented.William Shakespeare as he lived. | Henry Curling
The finishing school for our aviators was in France, where the training was conducted in Nieuports and other fighting machines.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
British Dictionary definitions for finishing school
a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
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