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 as a finishing stroke. [c. 1700]
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How to use finishing touch in a sentence
A broad, sexy, and distinctly feline grin is the habitual finishing touch.
And for the Americans to make it past Ghana, they will have to find their finishing touch again.
The arrival of the two Germans, Bode and Busche, gave the finishing touch to the conspiracy.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
A short, well-trimmed beard put the finishing touch to ‘the Squire,’ for so his friends styled him, half in jest.Tales of Northumbria | Howard Pease
Poor Miss Hattie put the finishing touch to her visit by departing without taking leave of her hostess.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
But the icy welcome, the cold and contemptuous tone of my brother, put the finishing touch to the laceration of my heart!Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII) | Charles Paul de Kock
It needed little to decide me, and I think K—'s arrival from Switzerland, offensively sunburnt, was the finishing touch.The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers