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 Polinesso (in Orlando Furioso).Political Economy. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Polish off.
 
To finish out of hand. In allusion to articles polished.   1
   I’ll polish him off in no time means I’ll set him down, I’ll give him a drubbing.   2
   To polish off a meal is to eat it quickly, and not keep anyone waiting.   3
 


 Polinesso (in Orlando Furioso).Political Economy. 

 
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