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blue riband

noun
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.
  1. the most distinguished achievement in any field
  2. (as modifier): the blue-riband event of the meeting
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