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  • v. to attach or secure with pins
  • v. to identify something (e.g. a decision or plan) clearly or specifically
  • v. to hold the opponent back-first so both his or her shoulders touch the mat
  • v. to corner somebody in order to get a firm answer

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attach with or as if with a pin
  • v. define clearly
  • v. place in a confining or embarrassing position


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Kissinger now sought to follow a demanding, made-in-Hanoi timetable: He would travel to that city on October 22 to pin down final details; the deal would be announced on the 26th and signed on the 30th.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Employing its much-feared "eighty-eight," the Tiger could pin down the enemy and provide decisive relief to the infantry.

    Panzer Aces

  • He looked up at the Cathedral, touched by the rising sun, and tried to pin down his apprehensions about the operation at Valdelacasa.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • Telling I Battalion to call off its assault on Blickheim and attempt merely to pin down the enemy in that area, he diverted its left-flank company group through the gap in the minefield ploughed by Corporal Lyubshin, and told it to widen the penetration of the enemy defence already made by the right-flank company of III Battalion.

    First Clash

  • Of the capture of Washington Longstreet cherished small hope, but he believed its investment would pin down the Federals to such an extent that his agents would be unhampered in purchasing provisions in the region north of the town.


  • The editors knew how difficult he was to pin down and thought that Kaplan might be able to help the photographer, Sian Kennedy, by being present for the shoot.

    One of a Kind

  • Trying to pin down Carter Paragon was like trying to nail smoke.

    The Killing Kind

  • It took many circuitous loops and back-tracks, and a number of the reference points she used would take some research on my part to pin down as to their date — for example, that we had arrived back in San Francisco, baby brother in tow, the very week that that exclusive French couturier on Post Street had opened.

    Locked Rooms

  • Once we pin down a lagging subskill, however, we can launch our search for recurring themes, for bits of evidence that come together and reveal which neurodevelopmental dysfunctions are getting in the way.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Skellum's voice was clear, but Chainer couldn't quite pin down its direction.

    Chainer's Torment


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