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pin

noun [C] uk   /pɪn/ us  

pin noun [C] (METAL STICK)

B1 a small thin piece of metal with a point at one end, especially used for temporarily holding pieces of cloth together: I'll keep the trouser patch in place with pins while I sew it on.Knitting and sewingPins, clips, hooks and pegs a thin piece of metal: If you pull the pin out of a hand-grenade, it'll explode. Is it a two-pin plug or a three-pin plug? Doctors inserted a metal pin in his leg to hold the bones together.Knitting and sewing a decorative object, used as jewellery: a hat/tie pinJewellery US for broochJewellery

pin noun [C] (LEG)

[usually plural] old-fashioned humorous a leg: Grandpa's very old now and he's a bit shaky on his pins.The leg

pin noun [C] (IN CHESS)

specialized games In the game of chess, a pin is a special move that stops the other player from moving one of their pieces, because to move it will put another more valuable piece in danger: That nasty pin stopped me from moving my knight.Chess

pin

verb uk   /pɪn/ (-nn-) us  

pin verb (METAL STICK)

B1 [T + adv/prep] to fasten something with a pin: A large picture of the president was pinned to/(up) on the office wall. She had pinned up her beautiful long hair.Fastening and tying [T] US old-fashioned When a young man pins a young woman, he gives her a piece of jewellery to show that they love each other.Finding a partner

pin verb (STOP MOVEMENT)

[T + adv/prep] to force someone or something to stay in a particular place by putting weight on him, her, or it: She was pinned (down) under a pile of rubble. A guy leaped out at me and pinned me (up) against the wall.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
(Definition of pin noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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