Main definitions of fine in English

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adjective

  • 1Of very high quality; very good of its kind:

    ‘this was a fine piece of film-making’
    ‘fine wines’
    • ‘Plentiful olive trees yield oil considered so fine and healthy Cypriots guard the output for themselves.’
    • ‘She was a very popular lady who possessed many fine qualities and was held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.’
    • ‘This pottery is distinctive because of its high quality, fine decoration, and beautifully curved shapes.’
    • ‘Tipping is discouraged and all alcoholic drinks are part of the deal, including a fine selection of wines for lunch and dinner.’
    • ‘Of exceptionally fine quality, it is pyramid-shaped and inset with beaded gold wiring in the shape of a serpent.’
    • ‘The restaurant serves gourmet meals three times daily and we are promised they can choose from a fine selection of wines.’
    • ‘I am more likely to be carrying Ranjith Chandrasiri's wine column guide to selecting fine wines!’
    • ‘Gunner Palace is a fine piece of filmmaking and a fine piece of journalism, and I highly recommend it.’
    • ‘He was a man of very fine qualities and his great love of horses was no secret.’
    • ‘The wedding guests at Cana celebrated with wine that had aged, and rejoiced in its fine quality.’
    • ‘This is probably the best place in the world to buy fine silk as quality is high and prices are surprisingly reasonable.’
    • ‘Moksh have a fine selection of wine and trained staff guide guests to appropriate selection of the right wine for the right food.’
    • ‘It had a selection of top-notch artisan products and fine wines, in addition to its bigger industries.’
    • ‘It represents the vampire genre well and delivers a quality story with fine performances.’
    • ‘A fine quality shirt should have solid yet discreet stitching around the seams and buttons.’
    • ‘Dye is a fine hitter when healthy, but he hasn't made it through any of the past three seasons unscathed.’
    excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, admirable, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, beautiful, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, sublime, superlative, very good, of high quality, of a high standard, second to none, top, rare
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    1. 1.1 Worthy of or eliciting admiration:
      ‘what a fine human being he is’
      ‘a fine musician’
      • ‘A fine musician, Eddie had been unable to hit the right notes with his golf until Sunday, when his dedication to the game paid off.’
      • ‘Now here is a fine young athlete that already has dipped into a little bit of professional competition.’
      • ‘Mezzo Janet Campbell doesn't have a large voice, but she is one fine singer and musician.’
      • ‘He was a fine musician, playing the lyre, and he used music as a means to help those who were ill.’
      • ‘One of the men stripped off her filthy clothes, and the men about her grunted in admiration of her fine figure.’
      • ‘A fine singer and musician, he also writes very good songs and is a record producer of considerable note.’
      • ‘If the city can't do this, perhaps your newspaper could find a way to honour this fine gentleman.’
      • ‘Martin is a fine musician and a main figure in the organisation of the most adventurous jazz gigs in Melbourne.’
      • ‘The miners had done all that digging to get this new cavern open in a matter of days, and here was Akuma ignoring their fine workmanship.’
      • ‘A retired bachelor farmer, he was a very fine gentleman who gained the popularity and respect of everybody.’
      • ‘She is pretty, and a fine actress, but as a femme-fatale figure, she seems too sweet, and the film's themes are too thin.’
      • ‘The Minister complimented the Health Committee on its fine, very thorough work on the bill.’
      • ‘A fine noble gentleman, honest and upright, he gained the respect of everybody.’
      • ‘He was a delight, a fine gentleman who made us all a little richer for his being here.’
      • ‘The two lads are extremely fine musicians and go down really well at various pub and cabaret venues around the city and county.’
      • ‘One of them went to high school with my oldest son, and the other fine young man was a coach to one of my sons in track.’
      worthy, admirable, praiseworthy, laudable, estimable, upright, upstanding, respectable, seemly, ladylike, gentlemanly
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    2. 1.2 Good; satisfactory:
      ‘relations in the group were fine’
      • ‘In fact, just pressing my nose against the window and giving him a double thumbs up satisfies me fine.’
      • ‘I recently bought a T68i phone in the Dubai Airport Duty Free shop and it appeared to work fine.’
      • ‘The DVD quality is fine, with enough extra content to add even more impetus for purchase.’
      • ‘Brand quality is fine, but sales are poor and the owner is disillusioned with the plant at Tröllhattan.’
      • ‘In this day and age, I think any and all of these are fine reasons to practice aikido.’
      • ‘He goes all right, fine, I endorse him, get the hell out of here.’
      • ‘It may be fine to say average rates have been lowered with the various rebates.’
      • ‘If you haven't yet reached a place where you feel worthy of peace, health and happiness, fine.’
      • ‘Excluding women seems to be unacceptable, but excluding men appears to be fine.’
      • ‘However, more is fine if you tolerate the higher carbohydrate amount and feel good consuming it.’
      • ‘I just know that one beer bash was fine, two was tolerable, and the third was just a way to eat up time on Memorial Day.’
      • ‘One of his mentors wanted to reschedule to another day, it was fine so Kenny accepted.’
      • ‘If you edit entries by hand, it is fine to use filenames suitable for humans such as the name of the item.’
      • ‘Four days out of five it's fine, but on average, one day out of five, I can't get to it.’
      • ‘These are, nevertheless, still reasonably fine fabrics and much finer than some of the cloth some of the public expect us to be wearing.’
      all right, acceptable, suitable, good, good enough, agreeable, fair, passable, satisfactory, adequate, reasonable, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, average, tolerable
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    3. 1.3 Used to express one's agreement with or acquiescence to something:
      ‘anything you want is fine by me, Linda’
      ‘he said such a solution would be fine’
      • ‘If you don't get HBO, you're missing a large part of that greatness, which is fine by me.’
      • ‘Whatever it takes to be at peace with saying goodbye is fine by me.’
      • ‘So he has an opinion and he's willing to express it which is fine by me - it's certainly not a freedom of speech issue.’
      • ‘Any outcome from here on in is fine by me, and I mean that honestly.’
      • ‘Frankly, if there are people on the left or the right that are not sure how he's going to rule on a case, that's fine by me.’
    4. 1.4 In good health and feeling well:
      ‘‘I'm fine, just fine. And you?’’
      • ‘Her husband, who had been in fine health, came home one day from the office feeling ill.’
      • ‘Similar tests were done in 1997 and at that time the Char stock was fine and healthy.’
      • ‘She had been fine one day and silent and brooding the next.’
      • ‘Assuring her that she was in fine health, the doctor sent Shelley on her way.’
      • ‘Upon awaking four days later Hughes contrarily declared himself to be in fine health.’
      • ‘The babe, clearly in fine health, scrunched its pink face and began to cry heartily.’
      • ‘There is no update, he says, other than adding that his health is fine.’
      • ‘Nathaniel appeared fine for the most part, besides his shaky hands and increasingly white face.’
      • ‘He appears to be fine though because I didn't find anything that had triggered the headache of his.’
      • ‘Frances is on virtually no medication and in fine health.’
      • ‘The six individuals, who looked fine, healthy and happy in real life were cruelly presented in muted monochromatic colors.’
      • ‘I presume he's fine, in good health and that, but it's very unlike him to pop off.’
      • ‘Sion knew that this was supposed to be good news; everyone in Dawe City was in fine health.’
      • ‘After a couple of hours the med team announced to the commander that they were all in fine health.’
      in good health, well, healthy, all right, fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, robust, strong, vigorous, blooming, thriving, in good shape, in good condition, in fine fettle
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    5. 1.5 (of the weather) bright and clear:
      ‘it was another fine winter day’
      • ‘Mr Clarke said he walks to work when the weather is fine but in the winter he appreciates being able to call on a lift.’
      • ‘The weather was fairly fine and we managed to get in a game or two on most days.’
      • ‘Luckily, the weather was fine and some sunshine managed to peek through.’
      • ‘The fine weather has brought some plants into bloom unexpectedly early, including some stunning magnolias.’
      • ‘However, in all this fine weather, something else has come out - insects.’
      • ‘The river is still coloured but this is expected to clear over the coming week, if the fine weather forecasted arrives.’
      • ‘The fine weather added to the enjoyment of the trip and well done to the organisers who ensured that everyone had a great time.’
      fair, dry, bright, clear, sunny, sunshiny, cloudless, unclouded, without a cloud in the sky, warm, balmy, summery, clement, agreeable, pleasant, nice, benign
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    6. 1.6 Imposing or impressive in appearance:
      ‘Donleavy was a fine figure of a man’
      • ‘Holy Cross abbey, near the English bridge, has a fine early Norman nave.’
      • ‘He was a fine figure of a man, she thought and some woman must be missing him.’
      • ‘Hence it helps if the actor is a fine figure of a man, of noble countenance and with a beautiful speaking voice.’
      • ‘You enter the property via a fine hallway with an imposing stained glass window and original spindled staircase sweeping to the first floor.’
      • ‘A fine figure of a man, he radiates masculine self-assurance, a quality that interested her greatly.’
      • ‘It is also set among some fine church towers and mill chimneys.’
      • ‘Wherever he was, with his family, in a fine mansion, or in a dingy prison cell, he made the very best of his circumstances.’
      impressive, imposing, dignified, striking, splendid, grand, majestic, magnificent, august, lofty, stately
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    7. 1.7 (of speech or writing) sounding impressive and grand but ultimately insincere:
      ‘fine words seemed to produce few practical benefits’
      • ‘It is full of grand statements and fine sounding but vague promises to assist working people and the poor.’
      • ‘Greetings to members of the House and to all the other New Zealanders listening to this fine speech.’
      • ‘He will make a fine speech on the title in the next couple of minutes.’
      • ‘It will be very gratifying indeed to see such a fine speech as that followed up by a vote that is in line with her own rhetoric.’
      • ‘I hesitate to interrupt my colleague, because he is giving a very fine speech.’
    8. 1.8 Denoting or displaying a state of good, though not excellent, preservation in stamps, books, coins, etc.
      • ‘Despite the specimen's fine preservation, we are not sure to what species it belongs.’
    9. 1.9 (of gold or silver) containing a specified high proportion of pure metal:
      ‘the coin is struck in .986 fine gold’
      • ‘They have one of their fine Gold Dots of the same weight and also a 325 gr.’
  • 2Very thin or narrow:

    ‘a fine nylon thread’
    ‘fine flyaway hair’
    • ‘Acupuncture points lie on meridians and are stimulated by the insertion of thin, fine needles at various points.’
    • ‘Nick's Cajun chicken pasta consisted of a bed of fine ribbons of fresh pasta tossed in a light tomato sauce with pieces of spiced Cajun chicken on top.’
    • ‘The obvious answer to counter this infiltration was a fine wire which lit a signal lamp when broken.’
    sheer, light, lightweight, thin, flimsy, ultra-fine, insubstantial
    thin, light, delicate, wispy, floaty, flyaway, feathery
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    1. 2.1 (of a point) sharp:
      ‘I sharpened the leads to a fine point’
      • ‘By the time I finished grade school, my sense of dark, black humor had been honed to a fine point.’
      • ‘On the outer edges of the sword was shining steel, sharpened to a fine point.’
      sharp, keen, acute, sharpened, honed, razor-sharp, razor-like, whetted
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    2. 2.2 Made or consisting of small particles:
      ‘the soils were all fine silt’
      • ‘In deserts, and on Mars, fine sand and silt are funnelled down valleys by wind and may even carve new systems of ridges and depressions in solid rock.’
      • ‘Sometimes they are split open, the pips removed, and the rest ground up into a fine powder to be sprinkled into stews and soups.’
      • ‘There was no damage to the property but a lot of fine silt mud was left.’
      • ‘He could not resist the urge to look up, and when he did, his eyes became full of very fine, golden particles.’
      • ‘Dust and fine sand particles tend to cling to the surface of the skin, especially in the folds and in between the toes and fingers.’
      • ‘Enamel is essentially just coloured glass ground up into a fine powder.’
      • ‘The grey paintwork and windows were already covered in a fine layer of silt.’
      • ‘At the back is a bank of fine silt that is invariably stirred up by the first few divers who venture inside, so try to be first there if you can!’
      • ‘I descend through the green globs of the algal bloom, then into bottom visibility clouded by fine silt lifted by the tide.’
      • ‘Just above the fine silt on the base of the ditch were four partial cattle skulls and a cranial fragment, probably also cattle.’
      • ‘Conway said there is good evidence that fine particulate matter from Asia is landing in British Columbia.’
      • ‘The material can range from fine particles to large lumps.’
      • ‘I later applied a paint for cement floors, but it came off in fine particles.’
      • ‘This groundbait with its very fine particles was designed to catch the tiny little canal roach.’
      • ‘The sample was dried in an oven and ground into fine powder.’
      • ‘A puff of fine silt draws my attention to a squat lobster darting back into a crack in the rocks.’
      fine-grained, powdery, dusty, chalky, floury, powdered, ground, granulated, crushed, pulverized
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    3. 2.3 Of delicate or intricate workmanship or structure:
      ‘fine bone china’
      • ‘Beneath it lay more men's clothes, including linen tunics of fine weave and workmanship.’
      • ‘It looks like it is made up of an intricate fine lace expertly spun in glass fibers no thicker than human hair.’
      • ‘He drinks in her delicate features, the fine curve of her jaw, the long lashes veiling her stark blue eyes.’
      • ‘Those of a higher class have theirs hand made by a tailor with intricate needlework and fine fabric.’
      • ‘So we make these really fine structures that mechanically have hinges that allow them to move and bend.’
      • ‘I unscrew the tiny joints that holds the cover onto me with fine tools made for delicate jobs.’
      • ‘She fingered fine muslins and intricate laces, heavy crimson silks and tulle.’
      • ‘The winning hybrids yielded breads with a fine crumb structure and a high overall number of cells.’
      • ‘In all his life, Peter had never seen any fabric so fine or so intricately woven.’
      • ‘Color a few fine pieces for subtle highlights, or create chunkier pieces for a more dramatic look.’
      delicate, fragile, frail, breakable, dainty, insubstantial
      intricate, delicate, detailed, minute, elaborate, ornate, dainty, meticulous, painstaking
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    4. 2.4 (of something abstract) subtle and therefore perceived only with difficulty and care:
      ‘there is a fine distinction between misrepresenting the truth and lying’
      • ‘It's a fine distinction, but I can think of no other way of making it than by testing the evidence in open court.’
      • ‘When the opportunity came I would be fine, I'd be okay because I like to think that I take care of the fine detail in football.’
      • ‘There's a fine distinction between a burial ground and a graveyard, the former needing a few years to grow into the other.’
      • ‘Other hypotheses he puts forward also invoke this very fine, subtle matter.’
      • ‘If we couldn't make fine distinctions in the natural world, we'd be done for.’
      • ‘It's a fine distinction to be drawn, clearly - but we know that governments have more information than the general public.’
      • ‘Maybe the fine distinctions between ethics and morality should be simplified.’
      • ‘The difference between prices and costs is not just a fine distinction made by economists.’
      subtle, fine-drawn, ultra-fine, precise, minute, nice, narrow, tenuous
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    5. 2.5 (of a physical faculty) sensitive and discriminating:
      ‘he has a fine eye for the detail and texture of social scenery’
      • ‘That fine sensitivity also helps to interpret a minor insult or affront as a threat or rejection.’
      • ‘You are able to maintain a fine balance in sensitive personal relationships and business partnerships.’
      • ‘Rafael Benitez is clearly an intelligent coach who has a fine understanding of the game.’
      • ‘I think Dr Lynda Scott has struck that very, very sensitive, fine balance.’
  • 3Cricket
    Directed or stationed behind the wicket and close to the line of flight of the ball when it is bowled.

    • ‘He moved me back and the ball went straight through fine gully, again exactly where I had been standing.’

noun

fines
  • Very small particles found in mining, milling, etc.

    • ‘It raises dust, separating fines from aggregate.’
    • ‘Screening followed, separating waste matter from the fines, or powdered borates.’
    • ‘Dry maintenance comprises the use of a grader only, to smooth the road by respreading the mixed fines and gravel material across the surface.’
    • ‘There are limitations and certain conditions for the success of this method such as uniformity of sand and fines content in addition to the time factor.’
    • ‘The product dries in 20 to 30 minutes to form a hard, durable surface that binds fines to the larger aggregate particles in the road surface.’
    • ‘The clay minerals and copious fines reported suggest that blockfields were produced by chemical weathering in a Mediterranean-type climate.’
    • ‘For flowability, the mixes contained additional fines, including limestone powder and silica fume.’
    • ‘Odds ratios showed cows preferred the stalls bedded with sand 2.8 times more than the stalls bedded with granite fines.’
    • ‘Eighteen stalls were randomly bedded with sand or granite fines.’
    • ‘Transportation costs, on a per-kilometer basis, should be similar for both the sand and granite fines.’

adverb

  • 1informal In a satisfactory or pleasing manner; very well:

    ‘‘And how's the job-hunting going?’ ‘Oh, fine.’’
    ‘mother and baby are both doing fine’
    • ‘He had had trouble with TelePrompter in the past, he did just fine last night.’
    • ‘He was well liked and fine mannered young man who later secured work in the Bacon Factory where he spent some years.’
  • 2Cricket
    Behind the wicket and close to the line of flight of the ball when it is bowled.

verb

  • 1[with object] Clarify (beer or wine) by causing the precipitation of sediment during production.

    • ‘We fine the wine with egg extracts, so are we to put that on the label?’
    • ‘The aging in large Slovenian oak barrels remains the same and they are still not fining or filtering their wines.’
    • ‘Fish extract is used to fine the wine - to take all the cloudy particles out of it.’
    • ‘To ensure clarity and stability, wine often needs to be fined (wine-speak for clarified) and filtered.’
    • ‘If, after egg-white fining, the wine remains hazy, it always will be hazy.’
    1. 1.1[no object] (of liquid) become clear.
      • ‘The heavy rains earlier in the week have added a much needed drop of extra water to our local rivers which should be fining down nicely by the weekend.’
      • ‘Wood-matured ports, often called simply wood ports, are aged either in wooden casks or, sometimes, cement tanks, and are ready to drink straight after fining, filtration, and bottling.’
  • 2Make or become thinner:

    [no object] ‘she'd certainly fined down—her face was thinner’
    • ‘His face was fined down and lost most of its boyishness but his skin was still a dusky gold.’
    • ‘He preserved a courtly oblivion towards the event, though it seems beyond reason that he could have not noticed his wife's girth had suddenly fined down.’
    • ‘In a set of photographs at the end of the book, we see the twins fined down to skin and bone shortly after their release from Kolyma in 1942.’
  • 3Northern English Australian NZ fine upinformal [no object] (of the weather) become bright and clear.

    • ‘‘That is a hypothetical situation and we just hope the weather fines up before we even have to think about anything like that,’ he added.’
    • ‘About 10: 30 P.M.that night it suddenly hit us all simultaneously that the wind had calmed down and the weather had fined up.’
    • ‘It was an easy day, but frustrating in having to just wait around until the weather fined up.’
    • ‘The weather will fine up on Tuesday before a change on Thursday night bringing some thundery rain on Friday followed by showers on Saturday and Sunday.’

Phrases

  • cut it (or things) fine

    • Allow a very small margin of something, especially time:

      ‘boys who have cut it rather fine are scuttling into chapel’
      • ‘At evening signings I'll always stay and make sure everyone goes away happy, but on this tour there will be several places where I'll need to go from a signing to another signing, so don't cut it fine.’
      • ‘If you still haven't got around to filling in your tax return, then you're cutting it fine.’
      • ‘Thankfully, my instincts for not cutting it fine where travel plans are concerned kicked in, and I made it ok.’
      • ‘The airport bus wasn't due to leave for 20 minutes, and it was already 6: 10, which was going to be cutting it fine for a 7pm flight.’
      • ‘‘You're cutting it fine,’ said a thin man with dry lips.’
      • ‘If you have your exam timetable to hand you are already cutting it fine.’
      • ‘We had the turf remover for three hours which was cutting it fine - especially since the thing kept stalling if you didn't have the choke out, but wouldn't cut turf if you did.’
      • ‘Started out trying to get the holiday sorted out first, though - we go a week today, so we're cutting it fine already.’
      • ‘They're cutting things fine in Athens as the jackhammers around the main stadium mix with the sounds of rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony.’
      • ‘Another US Olympic legend Jenny Thompson also cut it fine coming in second behind Rachel Komisarz in the 100m fly, but should still make the journey to Greece for her fourth Olympics.’
  • do someone fine

    • Suit or be enough for someone.

      • ‘I'd rather be sitting on a sun lounger in Cyprus wondering which restaurant to go to for a long boozy lunch, but for now, Monday morning at home will do me fine.’
      • ‘And yes, I know that the labels don't fit too well but I'm not happy to play games with them; most people know what you mean by pop and classical and that'll do me fine.’
      • ‘Graham seems to think that a cheap laptop plugged into the holiday camp network will do me fine.’
      • ‘If we finish one place behind the European qualification places it would do me fine.’
      • ‘Ken pulled up in front of what looked like a dingy old hotel, but by this time even though I'd been sleeping in the car I knew that any bed would do me fine.’
      • ‘I still ‘sleep fast ‘- 5-6 hours, but it seems to do me fine.’’
      • ‘For that reason I invite members to support the amendment from my colleague that simply changes the date to 5 years hence, which will do us fine.’
      • ‘Quite frankly, any type of legitimacy in this country would do me fine.’
      • ‘I think you can just bring us a couple glasses of ice water, that'll do us fine.’
      • ‘So it looks like my theory that an 800 seater would do us fine with plenty of room for people who showed up on the day might have been a little over-optimistic.’
  • fine feathers make fine birds

    • proverb Beautiful or expensive clothes may make the wearer seem more impressive than is really the case.

  • a fine line

    • A subtle distinction between two concepts or situations:

      ‘there's a fine line between humour and inappropriateness’
      ‘the president has been treading a fine line on immigration’
      • ‘Ward is careful to walk a fine line in describing the weekend.’
      • ‘Each of them knows he walks a fine line.’
      • ‘In Riyadh, the absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia walks a fine line to maintain power.’
      • ‘In promoting free trade, Mr Bush walks a fine line.’
      • ‘Educators at public schools near polygamous communities walk a fine line to encourage children from plural marriages to attend school.’
      • ‘They are treading a fine line, risking bookings over mundane issues like throw-ins.’
      • ‘He told Olson he had to tread a fine line of neutrality.’
      • ‘Critics say the airport must walk a fine line in its quest for revenue.’
      • ‘In the Social Security debate, Democrats are walking a fine line.’
      • ‘The police walk a fine line on the gang issue.’
  • the finer points of

    • The more complex or detailed aspects of:

      ‘he went on to discuss the finer points of his work’
      • ‘We also had the opportunity to discuss the finer points of display and presentation.’
      • ‘After all, the finer points of fiscal autonomy are not generally discussed down the local bar.’
      • ‘More than 20 people learned the finer points of photography on a Greenough river cruise yesterday.’
      • ‘They hope to bring out a magazine, which will update women about the finer points of combining the microwave and gas-stove cookery.’
      • ‘I was discussing the finer points of impeachment, and votes of no confidence.’
      • ‘I doubt that he knows the finer points of what's proper or not proper.’
      • ‘He had to know the finer points of how to get a web site noticed.’
      • ‘Now their only problem might come from itinerant lawyers wanting to discuss the finer points of local corporate law.’
      • ‘On Talkback Gardening, local rose expert, Dean Stringer, explained the finer points of pruning a bush rose and a standard.’
      • ‘When he asks why she is in therapy, she blithely professes ignorance and discusses the finer points of gourmet cooking.’
  • ——'s finest

    • informal The police of a particular city:

      ‘Moscow's finest’
      • ‘I opened the door to one of our city's finest… the Vancouver Police Department.’
      • ‘The inimitable Fish makes several pungent observations on the transgressions of our city 's finest this past holiday.’
      • ‘Some of the city's finest were recognized Feb. 7 for their cool heads in the line of duty.’
      • ‘On another note, one of our county's finest who routinely patrols the multiplex actually stood in a side aisle through the entire film, even going so far as to participate in the various audience-related activities.’
  • one's finer feelings

    • One's feelings of honour, loyalty, or duty; one's conscience or sense of morality.

      • ‘You're trying to appeal to his finer feelings, and people who write for that slimy rag don't have any.’
      • ‘More specifically addressing Freeman Dyson's essay, Freeman writes ‘If we are partly analog, the downloading of a human consciousness into a digital computer may involve a certain loss of our finer feelings and qualities.’’
      • ‘It was a period when middle-class fathers often withdrew behind taciturnity and rituals of manliness, when mothers stifled their finer feelings and aspirations behind domestic routines.’
      • ‘It addresses our finer feelings, and gives exercise to every mild and generous propensity ’.’
  • one's finest hour

    • The time of one's greatest success.

      • ‘They are nostalgic for their finest hour.’
      • ‘It can hardly be said that this was their finest hour.’
      • ‘And let us not forget their finest hour: the night of treachery 14 years ago that began this whole unhappy saga’
      • ‘Which reminds me of possibly my finest hour in such matters.’
      • ‘The 11-year-old achieved his finest hour when winning the 2003 Champion Hurdle, having taken this corresponding race the previous November.’
      • ‘Many cite The Third Man as his finest hour, but Odd Man Out is not far behind.’
      • ‘It is something less than our finest hour, but highly revelatory of our national obsessions.’
      • ‘Others (the late, great Luis Bunuel for example), however, seem to enjoy their finest hour.’
      • ‘I can't say more for fear of broken fingers and retribution, but tonight wasn't our finest hour.’
      • ‘And the ten year old will be back at the scene of his finest hour and possibly favourite to become the first horse to achieve back to back victories in the race since the legendary Red Rum last did it all those long years ago.’
  • fine words butter no parsnips

    • proverb Nothing is achieved by empty promises or flattery.

  • not to put too fine a point on it

    • To speak bluntly:

      ‘not to put too fine a point on it, your Emily is a liar’
      • ‘He lacks, not to put too fine a point on it, the breeding.’
      • ‘This is, not to put too fine a point on it, insane.’
      • ‘For short stories are wonderful in this respect: they are, as the name of the genre strongly suggests, short, unlike novels, which, in comparison with most typical short stories, are, not to put too fine a point on it, long.’
      • ‘For we, not to put too fine a point on it, were robbed.’
      • ‘We are dealing here with people who are, not to put too fine a point on it, nuts.’
      • ‘His office, not to put too fine a point on it, is a tip.’
      • ‘If you believe they are, you are, not to put too fine a point on it, a fool.’
      • ‘There is much more I could say here, but it would be, not to put too fine a point on it, frankly un-Christian, and I do try to avoid that.’
      • ‘But the lyrics are, not to put too fine a point on it, controversial.’
      • ‘Then we went through several years of a very boring market, not to put too fine a point on it, and the ratings kept climbing.’
  • one fine day

    • At some unspecified or unknown time:

      ‘one fine day he decided to take an apartment in Rome’
      • ‘Once again the boredom of prison life seeps into Horatio's life, until one fine day when the commandant brings the unexpected news that Horatio and his men are being freed in recognition of their efforts to rescue the wrecked Spanish crew.’
      • ‘I have always made a habit of retaining the last few frames of film for the unexpected - it has never come to much all these years, but one fine day, I hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘I considered myself lucky most of the time, until one fine day…’
      • ‘Normal service resumes… oh, I don't know… one fine day.’
      • ‘Having taken refuge in many other women after their break up he had finally, one fine day, woken up in some strange woman's bed and began to cry.’
      • ‘So one fine day, the moody tusker decides that he wants to take over the rat holes near his lair and starts killing the rats one by one.’
      • ‘And once we get down to improving our infrastructure, which includes good roads, uninterrupted power supply, a good international airport, which is going to happen one fine day, then we can say we are nearly there.’
      • ‘And then, one fine day, your child turns to you and tells you that smoking is dangerous.’
      • ‘Arriving at school one fine day, this odd couple is smitten by a new student, Leigh Cabot, who is as smart as she is attractive.’
      • ‘Then one fine day, a boy called Rocky almost proved me wrong.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fin, based on Latin finire to finish (see finish).

Pronunciation:

fine

/fʌɪn/

Main definitions of fine in English

: fine1fine2fine3fine4

fine2

noun

  • A sum of money exacted as a penalty by a court of law or other authority:

    ‘a parking fine’
    • ‘Litter louts would get a set period of time - between 14 to 28 days - to pay the fines before running the risk of prosecution and larger fines in court.’
    • ‘The restraining order is the first step toward possible contempt-of-court findings and heavy fines if the court finds the mechanics staged illegal job actions.’
    • ‘Failure to comply constitutes a criminal offence and the penalty is a fine.’
    • ‘A tough new regime across West Yorkshire will clamp down this month on non-payers of court penalties and on-the-spot fines, including speeding tickets.’
    • ‘The court can enforce fines, ranging from $25 to $10,000, by garnishing wages and bank accounts.’
    • ‘The District Court can impose fines of up to €1,900 for any single offence in this area.’
    • ‘The 54 retailers who have been summonsed to the Rotorua District Court face fines of up to $1000.’
    • ‘Motorists parking illegally near the scene of a fatal accident face fines and penalty points as police in Accrington get tough on drivers.’
    • ‘Currently, fines of the High Court can be collected only by officers of the High Court.’
    • ‘A speedy team of York council wardens will zip through the streets, slapping £60 penalty fines on cars parked illegally during the racing festival.’
    • ‘More than £354m of fines imposed by magistrates courts across England and Wales is outstanding, with more than £16m owed in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Are we to assume that the money raised from parking fines is being put into an account that the owners, should they ever materialise, can have access to?’
    • ‘The Supreme Court held these fines could, consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, be imposed only if preceded by a criminal trial.’
    • ‘The question becomes, ‘Are they penalties or fines imposed by a court’?’
    • ‘They could end up facing an employment tribunal, or be hauled before a judge in a county court, with fines running into thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘Drivers can opt to take part in the scheme instead of paying fines and incurring penalty points on their licences.’
    • ‘There were no sanctions, no fines and no penalties.’
    • ‘A person found guilty in the District court faces fines of up to 1,900, up to three months in prison, or both.’
    • ‘Students caught without a licence risk a visit to the magistrates court and a fine of up to £1,000.’
    • ‘The Court should have regard to any other fines or penalties suffered by the defendant for the misconduct in question.’
    financial penalty, punishment, forfeit, forfeiture, sanction, punitive action, penalty, fee, charge, penance
    damages
    mulct
    amercement
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Punish (someone) for an illegal or illicit act by making them pay a sum of money:

    ‘she was fined £1500 for driving offences’
    • ‘It follows a series of cases at Bradford magistrates' court last month when several people were fined for not having licences.’
    • ‘He was fined at Elgin Sheriff Court, in Scotland, in May - but he is not the only gamekeeper whose sights are trained on this protected bird.’
    • ‘In related news, the Taiwan High Court yesterday fined a man for illegally hiring a Chinese woman to work in his home.’
    • ‘He is fined and sentenced to three years' probation.’
    • ‘He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $1, 000 compensation to the complainant.’
    • ‘The Tribunal made identical findings against myself and another Respondent but imposed wildly disparate penalties: I was struck off the roll whilst he was fined.’
    • ‘After a unanimous verdict of guilty at the impeachment, he was fined £30,000.’
    • ‘I am going to fine you a modest sum for your failure to deal with the matter as you should have dealt with it yesterday.’
    • ‘The court can also fine these people and can also ask for a forfeiture order.’
    • ‘The code also provides for fining drivers and legal persons whose cars do not have this type of insurance.’
    • ‘For these offences he was variously fined, sent to a Detention Centre, and given a suspended prison term.’
    • ‘Four Italian football fans were fined by magistrates after a violent disturbance at Stansted Airport.’
    • ‘The judge explained to him at an early stage that he was being asked to fine him or commit him to prison.’
    • ‘The magistrate convicted the applicant and fined him $400 with costs.’
    • ‘In this instance a football club was appealing to the Football Association after a commission had fined the directors and severely censured the club for misconduct.’
    • ‘He was fined $300 and ordered to pay costs and witness expenses amounting to $190.’
    • ‘Judge Mary Martin convicted the defendant and fined him £100.’
    • ‘The recent move to fine inconsiderate drivers from illegal parking is late in forthcoming.’
    • ‘We did prosecute in that particular case and the person was fined $1,000 for attempting that importation.’
    • ‘He was fined £300 for each offence, and ordered to pay the respondent's costs in the sum of £675.’
    penalize, punish by fining, impose a fine on, exact a penalty from, charge
    sting
    mulct
    amerce
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French fin end, payment, from Latin finis end (in medieval Latin denoting a sum paid on settling a lawsuit). The original sense was ‘conclusion’(surviving in the phrase in fine); also used in the medieval Latin sense, the word came to denote a penalty of any kind, later specifically a monetary penalty.

Pronunciation:

fine

/fʌɪn/

Main definitions of fine in English

: fine1fine2fine3fine4

fine3

noun

  • 1[mass noun] French brandy of high quality made from distilled wine rather than from pomace.

    1. 1.1
      short for fine champagne

Pronunciation:

fine

/fʌɪn/

Main definitions of fine in English

: fine1fine2fine3fine4

fine4

noun

  • (in musical directions) the place where a piece of music finishes (when this is not at the end of the score but at the end of an earlier section which is repeated at the end of the piece).

Origin

Italian, from Latin finis end.

Pronunciation:

fine

/fʌɪn/