(third-person singular simple present polishes off, present participle polishing off, simple past and past participle polished off)
- (idiomatic) To finish completely, especially a food (polish the plate with one's tongue) or liquor.
- They polished off the last of the cake.
- To remove by polishing (rubbing with a fine abrasive).
- White rice is rice that has had the brownish hull polished off leaving just the white inner part of the grain.