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Idiom of the week – Pin (someone) down

Posted by englishlessons on April 29, 2012


force someone to be specific and make his/her intentions clear; fix or establish


We need to pin him down on the specifics before we can come to an agreement.

I’ve asked her to set a date, but she’s been hard to pin down.

Picture it:

This idiom comes from wrestling. When one wrestler pins down another wrestler, he can’t move or escape.

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