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English definition of “pin something on someone/something”

pin something on someone/something

phrasal verb with pin    /pɪn/ verb (-nn-)
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 .
(Definition of pin something on someone/something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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