hinge on

idiom

: to be determined or decided by (something) : to depend on (something)
The outcome of the election hinges on how the candidates perform in the debate.

Examples of hinge on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This scenario suggests a future where tax litigation may increasingly hinge on the procedural validity of regulations, rather than solely on their substantive merits. Jessica Ledingham, J.d., Ll.m., Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Some of their claims, according to Variety, hinge on other instructions given to the jury and an instance where a key witness allegedly saw privileged text messages between attorney and client. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2024 Presidential elections rarely hinge on issues of foreign policy, yet candidates delight in them. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 Each candidate is hoping the answer skews in his favor — but the verdict may well hinge on whether people are reflecting back on the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of their pocketbooks or some broader sense of well-being. Zeke Miller, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Its premiere begins with Blackthorne’s ship emerging out of the fog as the ocean sprays over the jagged rocks surrounding a small fishing village, and many scenes—including one of the first to feature Sanada’s Toranaga—hinge on the possibility of seppuku, the ritual suicide that samurai perform. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2024 TikTok’s fate in the U.S. could hinge on a new bill moving through Congress, but the company’s massive campaign urging users to oppose it with their representatives may wind up doing more harm than good. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2024 For Evans, the former Missouri GOP director, one of the key factors to getting statewide support for any of the candidates could hinge on an endorsement from Trump. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 29 Feb. 2024 Whether Araiza will have a clear path to K.C.’s job could hinge on whether Tommy Towsend leaves the team in free agency next month. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024

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“Hinge on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinge%20on. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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