blue riband

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blue riband or blue ribband
1.  (sometimes capitals) Also called (esp US): blue ribbon the record for the fastest sea journey between two places, esp (in the 1920s and 30s) for a passenger liner between New York and Southampton
2.  a.  the most distinguished achievement in any field
 b.  (as modifier): the blue-riband event of the meeting
blue ribband or blue ribband

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