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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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(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.
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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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Colour in alcohol: males pale yellow, bands mentioned above on dorsal, anal and caudal fins dusky to black, paired fins translucent.
Since it is nearly impossible to determine where sharks were killed and even what species the fin is from, Shark Stewards has focused on stemming the sale of shark fins by helping implement shark fin bans like California's AB 376.
Once you've made a fin shield, you can use it right away.
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.
Jean-Denis, said: "I was told the men wanted to cut her fin off and leave the body which you don't expect to hear in Dorset.
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.
9, 2, and 3 m/s for a new heat exchanger that used louvered bent fins on flat tubes with the flat tubes in a horizontal position.
The popularity of the soup and the use of shark fins did not decrease with time, thus giving fishermen more incentive to hunt for sharks and sell their fins.
The Act states, "no person shall possess, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase shark fins or products containing shark fins," with a few very specific exceptions.
10) The main economic incentive for shark finning comes from China where shark fins are used predominately in the popular "shark fin soup.
Finally, shark fins are harvested through a barbaric process known as shark finning.
Fins wrapped in thin skin, base of which somewhat swollen; dorsal-fin originating vertically at the middle length of pectoral-fin, with one very weak spine wrapped in very thin skin and four rays.
A ban on the trade of shark fins in Texas goes into effect Friday - just in time for the popular string of Discovery Channel programming known as "Shark Week.
It is apparent that numerous micro pin fins positioned on the surfaces of the heat sink would increase heat transfer area dramatically and could readily enhance cooling capability.