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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theypin down
he/she/itpins down
present participlepinning down
past tensepinned down
past participlepinned down
  1. 1
    to understand or describe something exactly
    Officials are trying to pin down the cause of widespread power cuts.
  2. 2
    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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