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pin someone down

verb phrase

  1. To get a definite answer, commitment, piece of information, etc, from someone: He wouldn't say just when, I couldn't pin him down (1951+)
  2. To make someone immobile, esp to keep soldiers in place with constant or accurate fire (1940s+)
  3. To identify or classify someone definitely; peg, pin: I can't pin her down, but I've seen her before (1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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