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English definition of “pin sb down”

pin sb down

verb uk phrasal verb with pin   /pɪn/ (-nn-) us  

(SURROUND)

to stop someone from escaping by surrounding and shooting at them if they try to escape: [often passive] Government forces were pinned down by resistance fighters 30 miles north of the capital.Enclosing, surrounding and immersingCapturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting

(GET DETAILS)

to make someone provide details about something or make a decision about something: I've tried asking Stephanie, but she's proving difficult to pin down to a particular date.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
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