“The annoying thing about life is that it screws up the production,” fin muses.
He carried with him the insecurities, foibles, and morose visions of fin de siècle Europe.
Old English finn, from Proto-Germanic *finno (cf. Middle Low German vinne, Dutch vin), perhaps from Latin pinna "feather, wing" (see pin (n.)); or, less likely, from Latin spina "thorn, spine" (see spike (n.1)).
U.S. underworld slang sense of "$5 bill" is 1925, from Yiddish finif "five," from German fünf (see five) and thus unrelated. The same word had been used in England 1868 to mean "five pound note" (earlier finnip, 1839).
A five-dollar bill; five dollars: I gave my pal a fin/ It was the fin seen round the world. Where Reagan got the five bucks is a mystery
[1920s+ Underworld; fr Yiddish finif, ''five'']