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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

(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

(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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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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Pressure drop decreased with a 74% and 84% differential to the solid and porous pin finned mini channels respectively.
* Nu and pressure drop, across the square finned structure were calculated and are found very similar to the value obtained in the experimental work for Nu values and pressure drop except for Re 100 and Re 500 (for pressure drop alone) within 8.3-32.8%.
So far no data is available for Marangoni condensation (MC) of steam ethanol mixtures on finned tubes used in industrial condensers.
The present work was focused on determination of vapour side heat transfer co-efficient and retention angles on finned tube.
Wall temperature of finned test tube was determined using arithmetic mean of four embedded thermocouples (Fig-2 and 3).
Heat transfer results: Pure steam condensation on finned tube(Fig-4).
The fully flooded finned tube for pure steam condensation at atmospheric pressure and vapour velocity of 7.5 m/s (Fig.
Heat transfer results: Condensation of steam-ethanol mixtures on finned tube with heat flux plotted against vapour-to-surface temperature difference for different vapour velocities and three pressures was calculated (Fig-8).