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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.
See also: fin, hour

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.
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(some city's) finest

The police force of a particular city. New York's finest were able to apprehend the thief.
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(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.
See also: fin, Sunday

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’.
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—'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.
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A nationwide ban on buying or selling fins would tell international trading partners that the United States will not support their shark conservation efforts regardless of future improvements to their fisheries sustainability.
In addition, since most countries do not have a large local demand for shark fins there would be less incentive to for people to shark fin, at least compared to current international trends.
Their business continued to be brisk without shark fin soup.
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But finning persists because shark fins are popular in China and can sell for high profits, and catching an entire shark legally requires a license.
In this paper, heat transfer characteristics of pin fin arrays in the rectangular channel were studied experimentally.
6 mm thick were made starting at the proximal end of the fin spine or ray.
Description: Dorsal rays XI,9 (female paratype with XII,9); anal rays 111,9; first dorsal and anal soft rays unbranched, all others branched, the last to base; pectoral rays 15, the upper two un-branched; pelvic rays 1,5; principal caudal rays 13; median 11 unbranched; upper and lower procur-rent caudal rays 6, posteriormost segmented; lateral line interrupted; dorso-anterior series of pored scales 17+7 (17+6-8), scales above lateral line to base of dorsal fin 2; scales below lateral line to base of anal fin 6; median predorsal scales 5; median prepelvic scales 6; circumpeduncular scales 16; horizontal scale rows on cheek 2; gill rakers 13 (1314); branchiostegal rays 5; vertebrae 9 + 16.
By allowing shark fin trade in our country, we are complicit in a practice that is causing the destruction of animals whose lineage goes back hundreds of millions of years.
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Shark fin soup is such a prized delicacy that as many as 100 million sharks are killed every year, a recent study in the Marine Policy Journal reported.
Principal component and/or discriminant functions revealed that meristic characters were highly correlated with pectoral fin ray count, number of lateral line scales, as well as number of anal fin rays.
A PREGNANT shark was saved from a storm drain as two men tried to hack off her fin to make soup.
Les exportations marocaines de phosphates ont atteint 1,544 milliard de dirhams (MMDH) a fin fevrier dernier, contre 2,045 MMDH a la meme periode de l'annee 2012, affichant ainsi une regression de 24,5 pc, indique l'Office des changes.
After processing on board, however, the fins and carcasses can be landed in different ports, which complicates record-keeping on the fin-to-carcass ratio and makes it difficult to detect cases of discards.