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pin something down

Definition of pin something down in English:

Define or identify something precisely: the government’s ideology is bafflingly difficult to pin down
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  • Under the Government's new licensing act, if a disorder problem can be pinned down to a particular bar, pub or club, the licensee will be hauled before the council's licensing committee
  • One could argue that the main reason HP shares have been pinned down by rivals stems from investors' perception of HP as being caught between services rich IBM and nimble, cheap Dell.
  • Loops and riffs are pinned down by atmospheric guitars and beautiful, perfect, writhing bass lines.
Synonyms
define, put one's finger on, put into words, put words to, express in words, express, designate, name, specify, identify, pinpoint, place, home in on
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