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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.
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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. You can't wear jeans to a place like that! You need to be decked out 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. 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.
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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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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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Figure 9 and 10 present the total capacity and associated pressure drop for heat exchanger with different fin densities for a 1-row tube heat exchanger with a wavy fin.
The CNT fins are modeled as a solid emerging out from surface rather than bundles of nanotubes.
Robert Hueter from Mote Marine Laboratory, whose new paper in the scientific journal Marine Policy is titled: "A United States shark fin ban would undermine sustainable shark fisheries."
(i) to remove any of the fins of a shark (including the tail) at sea; (ii) to have custody, control, or possession of any such fin aboard a fishing vessel unless it is naturally attached to the corresponding carcass; (iii) to transfer any such fin from one vessel to another vessel at sea, or to receive any such fin in such transfer, without the fin naturally attached to the corresponding carcass; or (iv) to land any such fin that is not naturally attached to the corresponding carcass, or to land any shark carcass without such fins naturally attached.
Ignorance-Most consumers do not realize the barbaric process involved in removing the fins.
FinFET of triangular fin shape with 20 nm channel length is designed on Cogendas GDS2Mesh 3D construction Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tool [10].
shark fin exports in 2015, Amanda Keledjian, a marine scientist at Oceana, a D.C.-based ocean conservation organization, previously told the Tribune.
[5] conducted experimental study on staggered, silicon based micro pin fin array under water flow.
Fins are some of the most expensive seafood items in the world, as the meat is considered a delicacy.
rubripes was injected with 0.2 mL of bacterial suspensions (1.0x105 cells g-1 fish) by intramuscular injection at dorsal fin base as experimental groups, and the control group was injected with an equal volume of sterilized sea water.
The very elongate dorsal and anal fin rays are all of the same thickness and are depressible into grooves formed by enlarged scales at the base of the fins.
prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.
[USPRwire, Fri Nov 30 2018] Aquatic Fins Market : Overview In the last few years, water-based activities like swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling have gained a lot of traction.