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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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(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.
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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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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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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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The presence of highly free nations with strong institutions, yet are significant actors in the market, opens up the argument that the institutions are designing ineffective incentives to mitigate shark finning. Also Taiwan and New Zealand have legislation in progress of being passed and implemented that require shark to be landed with fins attached (Biery, 2012).
(2.) See Linda Paul, "International Trade in Shark Fins, & Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Shark Finning" online: (2009), Hawaii Audubon Society at 3 <>.
Besides being inhumane, shark finning is taking a heavy toll on shark populations.
During Shark Week, Sea Life centres around the globe from California to Helsinki will aim to collect over 100,000 signatures in support of protecting sharks from lax finning laws.
Finning has agreed to provide transitional services to Hewden.
One of the reasons it is so rampant is that consumers do not know the implications of shark finning. It is also not common knowledge that the actual shark fin has little flavour and is mixed with chicken broth when making the soup.
Top reform priority is the European Union's (EU) 2003 finning regulation, which bans fishermen from slicing shark fins at sea then throwing the body overboard to die.
Finning Group UK has promoted Christine Hardy to the newly created position of UK training and development manager.
Costa Rica has created a new loophole for shark finning, the ostensibly illegal practice of cutting the valuable dorsal fins from certain species of the animals and discarding the rest of the carcass.
A biologist from Costa Rica who is leading a campaign against shark finning has won this year's Whitley Gold Award, as well as its award for international conservation.
The agency, based in Coventry, has won a pounds 1 million contract with Finning UK, the sole national distributor of Caterpillar products in mainland Britain.
General Assembly adopted a Resolution that strongly condemns the depletion of the world's shark population and calls for a ban on the practice of shark finning. "Shark finning" involves killing sharks solely for their fins and discarding the carcasses.
Aw, who is chairman of OceanNEnvironment, a marine-conservation group based just outside Sydney, Australia, vowed right then to fight shark finning.
He said measures to protect sharks should include reducing the demand for shark fins, banning shark finning and managing shark fisheries properly.
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