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French Expressions with Finir

Idiomatic French expressions

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The French verb finir literally means "to finish" or "to complete" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say never-ending, it will end in disaster, finally, and more with this list of expressions with finir.

Possible meanings of finir
  • to finish
  • to complete
  • to conclude
  • to end
  • to die

Expressions with finir

à n'en plus finir
never-ending, endless

en finir avec
to be done with

et pour finir
and finally

finir bien
to have a happy ending

finir dans la misère
to end up in poverty

finir (de faire)
to stop (doing)

finir en
to end in

finir en beauté
to finish brilliantly, end with a flourish

finir en fuseau
to taper

finir en queue de poisson
to come to an abrupt end, to end not with a bang but a whimper

finir mal
to come to a bad end

finir par
to end up, to ___ in the end

ne pas en finir de
to never stop ___ing

pour finir
finally


C'est fini.
It's over.

J'ai fini. (Not Je suis fini.)
I am / have finished.

Il est temps que cela finisse.
It's time to stop this.

On finit par aimer ça.
It's an acquired taste.

qui n'en finit pas
never-ending, endless

Tout cela va mal finir
It will end in disaster

Tout est bien qui finit bien.
All's well that ends well.

Tout finit par des chansons.
Everything ends with a song.


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