pin down

Definition of pin down

  1. 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. 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

  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

    :  the center peg of a target

    :  the center itself

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

    :  to hold fast or immobile

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

  1. :  of or relating to a pin

    :  having a grain suggesting the heads of pins

  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

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

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

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