- a pin inserted through the end of an axletree to keep the wheel on.
- something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together: The monarchy was the linchpin of the nation's traditions and society.
Origin of linchpin
Related Words for linchpinpillar, backbone, bulwark, linchpin, mainstay, foundation, keystone, essential, strength, buttress, standby, sinew, prop, supporter, crutch, stay, brace, anchor, staff, maintainer
Examples from the Web for linchpin
Contemporary Examples of linchpin
At the moment, Yisrael Beiteinu is the linchpin of the coming rightist government.Lieberman’s Distraction
Brent E. Sasley
December 13, 2012
Bolshevism was the linchpin that held all the other facets of conspiracy together.Soviet Communism’s Collapse Left America’s Far Right Without a Real Foe
April 12, 2012
It was one courier in particular that proved the linchpin in Sunday night's operation that killed the al Qaeda leader.Osama bin Laden's Courier: The Man Who Led the U.S. to bin Laden
May 3, 2011
Historical Examples of linchpin
When the linchpin comes out on his side, there'll be a jerk, I tell you!The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
I will try to be brave, ma'am; but I really did try to put the linchpin back.Leslie Ross:
If an axle had broken or a linchpin loosened the race would have been lost.Blazing The Way
Emily Inez Denny
A linchpin had fallen out, and permitted one of the wheels to slide off.Twice-Told Tales
Linchpin, linsh′pin, n. a pin used to keep the wheel of a carriage on the axle-tree.
- a pin placed transversely through an axle to keep a wheel in position
- a person or thing regarded as an essential or coordinating elementthe linchpin of the company