Definition of linchpin in English:

linchpin

Syllabification: linch·pin
Pronunciation: /ˈlinCHˌpin
 
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(also lynchpin)

noun

  • 1A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position.
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    • He put the wheel back and secured it with a new linchpin, which he carved from a piece of wood.
  • 2A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization: regular brushing is the linchpin of all good dental hygiene
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    • Nurses will be the linchpin to the Government's grandiose plans to modernise and improve the National Health Service, one of their leaders says.
    • But at the same time, she said that these memos, which after all was the lynchpin, the core of your broadcast, were not real.
    • The diversity and broad appeal that had been the linchpin of its success now drained away like vital oil.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old English lynis (in the sense 'linchpin') + pin.

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