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finishing school (plural finishing schools)
- (dated) A private school intended to furnish young women with the social skills and cultural education needed in order to fulfill successfully a woman's traditional role in polite society.
- 1875, Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins, ch. 4,
- "All she needs is a year or two at a fashionable finishing school, so that at eighteen she can come out with éclat," put in Aunt Clara.
- 1998, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, Nobel Prize Women in Science, Carol Publishing Group, page 3, 
- Until the 1920s, most European high schools for girls were finishing schools.