American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A locking pin inserted in the end of a shaft, as in an axle, to prevent a wheel from slipping off.
- n. A central cohesive element: Reduced spending is the linchpin of their economic program.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pin inserted in the spindle of the axle of a vehicle to prevent the wheel from slipping off. Also axle-pin.
- n. a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
- n. figuratively a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pin used to prevent the wheel of a vehicle from sliding off the axletree.
- n. pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on
- n. a central cohesive source of support and stability
- Middle English lynspin, compound of lins 'axletree' and pin, from Old English lynis 'linchpin', from Proto-Germanic *luniso (compare German Lünse), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Welsh olwyn 'wheel', Armenian ołn 'shoulder', Sanskrit āṇís). Figurative use attested from the mid-20th century. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English linspin : lins, linchpin (from Old English lynis) + pin, pin (from Old English pinn; see pin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“More to the point, it would have to survive without McShane as Silas, continue to function dramatically even after the Saul counterpart dies and its linchpin is gone — which seems, at the moment, inconceivable.”
“Outlook: The reigning Class AA State Federation champions may run three guards but their linchpin is 6-0 Mike Coburn (16.5 ppg, 6 apg).”
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“Their alleged aim is to provoke confrontations to split the people and the army, which the council calls the linchpin of the nation's safety and security.”
“McChrystal's departure played out against a faltering campaign in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, rising U.S. and NATO casualties on the battlefield, and delays in a Kandahar offensive that has been described as the linchpin to the war effort.”
“Hudson ruled that the so-called linchpin of the law -- the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance -- exceeds the authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause.”
“The linchpin was their ability to personify and appeal to a great yearning in the souls of the American people in a time of crisis and use that yearning to affect change.”
“Of course, the US wouldn't be accused of double-speak if it hadn't made a Dadaist term the linchpin of its anti-terrorist programme.”
“We are hoping to use his experience," said Mr. Terbil, who some called the linchpin of the revolt.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘linchpin’.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
Those I've come across and try to keep fresh within my mind.
By David Mitchell
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
Words from 2009 'Watchmen' film.
By Oliver Wendell Holmes (sr.?). Thanks to slumry for pointing out the link (a long time ago) to this.
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