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The verb to finish means to score. It can be used to describe the action of scoring a goal – The player finished with his left foot, or as a gerund to describe a player’s skill – His finishing is deadly. It can also be used as a noun combined with an adjective, ‘That was a stunning finish’. In all cases the meaning implied is that the goal was skillful or the player had good technique. To finish (See also to finish with aplomb)
- For example: ex-Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski equalised with a powerful finish from the edge of the area. (BBC News – Munich v Dortmund 2014)
- For example: Hull finished (ended the game) strongly and might have snatched the three points had Graham’s finishing been better. (BBC News Hull vs Cardiff 2013)
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