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English definition of “pin something on someone/something”

pin something on someone/something

verb phrasal verb with pin  /pɪn/ (-nn-) us  
to blame someone for something: He tried to pin the mess on his brother, but it didn’t work. If you pin hopes or expectations on something, you want that thing to bring success: They pinned their hopes on the new technology.
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