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(one's) finest hour

The moment or time of one's greatest success or achievement. The team's come-from-behind victory in the semi-finals proved to be their finest hour. Even though Stella was sick with the flu, she still managed to give an impassioned speech that saved the old library from demolition. It was truly her finest hour. Grandpa says that our country's finest hour came while stopping Hitler's advance during World War II.
See also: fin, hour

(one's) Sunday finest

One's very best clothes, as one would wear to a Sunday church service. Instead of some big party, let's all get dressed up in our Sunday finest and go for lunch at a fancy restaurant for my birthday! This is going to be a formal event, so please come dressed in your Sunday finest. You can't wear jeans to a place like that! You need to be decked out in your Sunday finest.
See also: fin, Sunday

(some city's) finest

The police force of a particular city. New York's finest were able to apprehend the thief. I'm confident that LA's finest will be able to find this suspect before he strikes again. I've always been proud to wear the badge of Philadelphia's finest.
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fin de siècle

Occurring at the end of a century, especially the 19th century (when traditional values were in a state of upheaval). This French phrase means "end of century." A work like "The Importance of Being Earnest" can help us to better understand fin de siècle sensibilities.
See also: DE, fin

New York's finest

A police officer, or the police in general, in New York City. Can either be used sincerely or sarcastically. It took nearly four hours before New York's finest showed up after I called in the burglary. This parade is in honor of New York's finest, who risk their lives every day to help keep our city safe.
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your finest hour

the time of your greatest success.
1940 W. S. Churchill Speech to House of Commons Let us therefore brace ourselves to that duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Commonwealth and its Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour’.
See also: fin, hour

—'s finest

the police of a specified city. North American informal
2000 Nelson DeMille The Lion's Game As I indicated, I was a homicide detective, one of New York's Finest.
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and finn (fɪn)
n. a five-dollar bill. (Germanic via Yiddish. As in German funf = five.) I gave the old guy a finn, and he nearly passed out.

New York’s finest

n. a New York City police officer. Three of New York’s finest were standing there at my door with my lost dog.
See also: fin, new
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The report has presented a synopsis of the market players leading the global Surfboard Fin Market.
Canada's bill bans the import and export, to and from Canada, of shark fins that are not attached to the shark.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the Ministry of Commerce has prohibited the export of shark fins of all species through a notification issued in February 2015.
Inadequate institutions describes nations with little to no policies regulating the shark fin trade and the act of finning, ineffective or no enforcement of policies implanted, weak or ill-defined property rights in their waters, and they contribute to equivocation of data reporting.
Though the import of shark fins is permitted in Hong Kong, the shipment of the species - listed by the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) - must be accompanied by a permit. Hong Kong has also moved to stop illegal trading.
Establishments may also choose to stop serving shark's fin for a trial period of time.
These findings show that the chosen porous fin medium had little effect on the Nusselt number values.
Impact of fin density on thermal-hydrualic performance: Fin density (often defined as FPI-Fin Per Inch) is an important parameter which can impact the thermal-hydraulic performance of the heat exchanger.
Shark finning--the inhumane, wasteful practice of removing a shark's fins at sea and tossing the animal back to die--is banned in the United States but practiced in some parts of the world, especially due to demand for shark fin soup.
Fin fish accounted for 35.4% of total seafood dollar sales and 45.5% of total fresh seafood sales during the latest 52 weeks ending Aug.
Les reserves de change de l`Algerie se sont etablies a 103 milliards de dollars a fin aout 2017 (contre 105 milliards de dollars en juillet 2017), a indique jeudi le Premier ministre, Ahmed Ouyahia.
Globally, the shark population is under extreme stress, primarily due to the rise of China and a growing middle class with a taste for a cultural dish: shark fin soup.