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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypin down
he/she/itpins down
present participlepinning down
past tensepinned down
past participlepinned down
  1. 1
    to hold someone firmly on the ground or on a surface so that they cannot move

    He pinned me down on the bed and tickled me.

  2. 3
    to force someone to make a decision about something

    We finally pinned him down and got him to agree to a meeting.

  3. 4
    to keep soldiers in a place so that they cannot move

    The Allied armies had been pinned down by the Germans.

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