pin down

pinned down; pinning down; pins down

Definition of pin down

transitive verb

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.

First Known Use of pin down

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pin down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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