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noun [countable] finish pronunciation in British English /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
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  1. 1
    the end of something

    A swim in the sea seemed a perfect finish to the day.

    I didn’t see the finish of the game.

    from start to finish:

    The holiday was absolute bliss from start to finish!

    a close/tight finish:

    Turnbull came in second in a very close finish.

  2. 2
    the appearance of a surface, for example whether it is smooth or rough

    Sand the wood thoroughly for a lovely smooth finish.

    a matt/shiny/glossy finish

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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