pin down

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pin down

1 : to cause or force (someone) to make a definite statement or decision about something
  • Reporters tried to pin him down on the specific changes he wants to make to the tax laws.
2 : to find out (something) with certainty
  • Can you pin down when the change occurred?
  • I'm trying to pin the source of the problem down .

Word by Word Definitions

pin play
  1. : a piece of solid material (such as wood or metal) used especially for fastening things together or as a support by which one thing may be suspended from another

  2. : the center peg of a target

  3. : something that resembles a pin especially in slender elongated form

  1. : to fasten, join, or secure with a pin

  2. : to hold fast or immobile

  3. : to present (a young woman) with a fraternity pin as a pledge of affection

  1. : of or relating to a pin

  2. : having a grain suggesting the heads of pins

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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