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pin someone down

Definition of pin someone down in English:

Force someone to be specific or make a commitment: he’s very hard to pin down
More example sentences
  • ‘I was one of the first to be born on dry land,’ Wood elaborates three days later, when the restless Rolling Stone can be pinned down for a proper interview at his house in Kingston upon Thames.
  • When I arrive he hands me a CV of his glittering business career but, curiously, his birthdate is missing and he will be pinned down to nothing more than being a 60-something.
  • He is also broke, trying to pay his mortgage and live a simple life whenever he is not pinned down by investigators for tax evasion.
Synonyms
make someone commit themselves, constrain, force, compel, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, tie down, nail down
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