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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfinish up
he/she/itfinishes up
present participlefinishing up
past tensefinished up
past participlefinished up

Related words

  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be in a particular place or situation at the end of a long series of events

    She eventually finished up in Boston.

    I always finish up doing most of the work.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as finish1 (sense 2)

    Finish up your drinks, please.

See also main entry: finish

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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