American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of linchpin.
- 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.
- n. pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on
- n. a central cohesive source of support and stability
- From Middle English lynspin, from Old English lynis (a pin securing a wheel to an axle). Figurative use attested from the mid 20th Century. (Wiktionary)
“An unnamed Saudi adviser tells CNN the two sides see eye to eye and that Saudi Arabia will play a stronger role in the region and become what he called a lynchpin of U.S. policy.”
“Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, a Bangladeshi living in east London, was described as the lynchpin of the gang and admitted plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange.”
“The lynchpin might be a winning lottery ticket or a new job or a piece of real estate everyone wants.”
“Supreme Court threatening to break a lynchpin of the Bush administration's war on terror.”
“Chowdhury, described as the 'lynchpin' of the terrorist plot, nicknamed JMB by his co-defendants - short for banned terrorist group Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, was told he faced a sentence of 13 and a half years, plus a five year extended licence period for preparing to commit an act of terroism.”
“Room 39 is described as the lynchpin of the North's so-called "court economy" centered on the dynastic Kim family.”
“He added: "The lynchpin is the Afghan people, because they are the greatest resource against the insurgency.”
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“He said the Futenma move was a "lynchpin" of a 2006 deal under which more than 8,000 US troops would leave Okinawa for the US territory of Guam.”
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