from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of several leguminous trees or shrubs of the genera Acacia and Albizzia; especially Albizzia basaltica and Acacia Farnesiana, which by their dense growth form such an obstruction to the traveler that he is brought to a ‘dead finish’ or halt.
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"Never knew the showers so late," he growled; and the homestead was inclined to agree that it was the "dead-finish"; but remembering that even then our Fizzer was battling through that last stage of the Dry, we were silent, and Dan remembering also, devoted himself to the "missus," she being also a person of leisure now the Willy-Willys were at rest.
Afar to the left was a stone building, solitary in a waste of saltbush and dead-finish scrub.
There was the range of the Copper-mine hills to the south, lighted by the wan moon; and between and to the west a rough scrub country, desolating beyond words, and where even edible snakes would be scarce; spots of dead-finish, gidya, and brigalow-bush to north and east, and in the trees by the billabong the cry of the cockatoo and the laughing-jackass.
“Before you gib em that boy whisky, he close up dead-finish.
"Before you gib em that boy whisky, he close up dead-finish.