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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.
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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.
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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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Finning is already prohibited by federal law, but shark fishers do it anyway because they can fit more fins onto the boat than full sharks - and it's easy enough to not get caught.
Scales cycloid; head scaled except interorbital space, snout and chin; opercle covered by seven large scales; cheek with two horizontal rows of scales below eye; naked lower flange of preopercle thin, greatest width at angle about 2 in orbit diameter in holotype; base of dorsal and anal fins with single row of large elongated scales, one per membrane; last pored scale on lateral line at base of caudal fin enlarged and pointed; terminal scale on midline just posterior to last pored scale very enlarged and pointed; no scales on paired fins; pelvic fins with median ventral process of two elongate scales about three-fourths the length of pelvic spine, thin axillary scale of each pelvic fin about three-fourths the length of pelvic spine.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Chinese-American businesses and shark fin suppliers have filed a suit in a federal court to halt enforcement of the California shark fin ban.
Without protection, the fins can bend during PMCS and repair work.
Scientists can now use DNA from shark fins to determine where they came from.
DELICACY Shark fin soup dates back to the Ming Dynasty.
Quant aux importations hors energie, elles ont atteint 40,91 MMDH a fin fevrier dernier contre environ 45,80 MMDH un an auparavant, en recul de 10,7 pc.
In this new regime, restaurants were given a one-year grace period to use current stocks, but after that it would be unlawful to possess shark fins to be served in shark fin soup.
Fin surface temperature, heat transfer and air-side pressure drop across louvered folded fins were also measured during transient frosting cycles.
Concerned consumers can be part of the solution by not eating shark fin soup, and by encouraging restaurants not to offer it.
The researchers found that males clearly preferred females with a larger pelvic fin and that pelvic fins grew in a more disproportionate way than other fins on female fish.
Using CSI-like methods known as "genetic stock identification" or GSI, scientists analysed fingernail-sized DNA samples from 62 scalloped hammerhead shark fins that had been obtained in the Hong Kong fin market.
The global shark fin trade is driving the oceans to collapse," said Courtney Sakai, senior campaign director at Oceana.
Up to 10 million kg of shark fins (equivalent to the weight of more than 2,000 adult African Elephants) are exported annually to Hong Kong by nearly 87 countries, according to 'The International Trade of Shark Fins: Endangering Shark Populations Worldwide', a new report on global shark fin trade by Oceana, which was released at the ongoing CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting in Doha.
SHARK fin soup or stew is made with fins obtained from a variety of species.