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- n. The final steps of an undertaking, especially one which has been lengthy or laborious.
- n. Bare essentials.
Possibly an allusion to painting, in which a painter typically finishes a work with short, careful, finishing strokes of the paint brush, or to golf, in which a player concludes each hole by making short strokes with a putter. (Wiktionary)