Definition of one's finest hour in US English:

one's finest hour


  • The time of one's greatest success.

    • ‘I can't say more for fear of broken fingers and retribution, but tonight wasn't our finest hour.’
    • ‘They are nostalgic for their finest hour.’
    • ‘Others (the late, great Luis Bunuel for example), however, seem to enjoy 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.’
    • ‘It is something less than our finest hour, but highly revelatory of our national obsessions.’
    • ‘The 11-year-old achieved his finest hour when winning the 2003 Champion Hurdle, having taken this corresponding race the previous November.’
    • ‘It can hardly be said that this was their 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.’
    • ‘Many cite The Third Man as his finest hour, but Odd Man Out is not far behind.’