lynchpin

noun

lynch·​pin

less common spelling of linchpin

1
: a locking pin inserted crosswise (as through the end of an axle or shaft)
2
: one that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit
the linchpin in the defense's case

Examples of lynchpin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Translating Deal Vision Into Effective Communications And Action Plans: Middle managers are the lynchpin in translating a deal’s vision into meaningful communications for frontline workers. Jennifer J Fondrevay, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Contrary to the portrayal of Oregon as the lynchpin, Washington was the key block in the Jenga tower. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 The center is also the lynchpin of Stanford’s defense, notching 3.3 blocks per game. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 The lynchpin character for Miles, however, turned out to be Hobie Brown, a.k.a. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 5 June 2023 The Spanish Fort product has appeared in 13 games, logging seven starts last season with four as a sixth lineman, and is the lynchpin for a unit seeking its own respect. Evan Dudley, al, 12 July 2023 Who knew all that talk about Juliette stealing the heat tape would be the lynchpin to the whole story? Hunter Ingram, Variety, 30 June 2023 The district attorney appealed to the public for help in the case, saying his office needs lynchpin evidence that would placing Jeter at the crime scene — and is willing to offer an award for such information. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 The casting came down to Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper, but the lynchpin was the mask. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2023 See More

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“Lynchpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lynchpin. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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