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Pin down   /pɪn daʊn/   Listen
Pin down

verb
1.
Define clearly.  Synonyms: nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, specify.
2.
Place in a confining or embarrassing position.  Synonym: trap.
3.
Attach with or as if with a pin.  Synonym: pin up.






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"Pin down" Quotes from Famous Books



... Farley, one face of Knight, one (but what a one it is!) of Liston; but Munden has none that you can properly pin down, and call his. When you think he has exhausted his battery of looks, in unaccountable warfare with your gravity, suddenly he sprouts out an entirely new set of features, like Hydra. He is not one, but legion. Not so much a comedian, as a company. If his name could be multiplied ...
— The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2 • Charles Lamb

... suffocate its own interior thirst for God, which parches and burns it with all the frantic horrors of a perfectly self-possessed frenzy; and in fury it would fain break its tight fetters of gnawing fire which pin down its radical love of the beautiful Sovereign Good, and drag it ever back with cruel wrench from its desperate propension to its uncreated Centre. In the mingling of these three efforts it lives its life of endless horrors. Portentous as ...
— The Education of Catholic Girls • Janet Erskine Stuart



Words linked to "Pin down" :   determine, attach, detain, concretize, confine



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