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 for In fine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fine \Fine\ (f[imac]n), n. [OE. fin, L. finis end, also in LL.,
     a final agreement or concord between the lord and his vassal;
     a sum of money paid at the end, so as to make an end of a
     transaction, suit, or prosecution; mulct; penalty; cf. OF.
     fin end, settlement, F. fin end. See Finish, and cf.
     Finance.]
     1. End; conclusion; termination; extinction. [Obs.] "To see
        their fatal fine." --Spenser.
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              Is this the fine of his fines?        --Shak.
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     2. A sum of money paid as the settlement of a claim, or by
        way of terminating a matter in dispute; especially, a
        payment of money imposed upon a party as a punishment for
        an offense; a mulct.
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     3. (Law)
        (a) (Feudal Law) A final agreement concerning lands or
            rents between persons, as the lord and his vassal.
            --Spelman.
        (b) (Eng. Law) A sum of money or price paid for obtaining
            a benefit, favor, or privilege, as for admission to a
            copyhold, or for obtaining or renewing a lease.
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     Fine for alienation (Feudal Law), a sum of money paid to
        the lord by a tenant whenever he had occasion to make over
        his land to another. --Burrill.
  
     Fine of lands, a species of conveyance in the form of a
        fictitious suit compromised or terminated by the
        acknowledgment of the previous owner that such land was
        the right of the other party. --Burrill. See Concord,
        n., 4.
  
     In fine, in conclusion; by way of termination or summing
        up.
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