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finishing school

a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society.
Origin of finishing school
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for finishing-school
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  • De la B. is a trained diplomat, and these months of his "Interinato" have been a "finishing-school" indeed.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • By this time Julia had grown up and was beginning at finishing-school.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I did not seek in a wife the accomplishments of a finishing-school teacher.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She had not learned that sort of French in her finishing-school.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • When father and mother come back I shall be only sixteen; it will be time enough then to go to a finishing-school.

  • The finishing-school was brandished again, but, after a private consultation on finance, put aside by the rector and Mrs. Hutting.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The maid mentally pronounced that Louise's finishing-school French was almost intelligible to one understanding that language.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
British Dictionary definitions for finishing-school

finishing school

a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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