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pivot

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɪv.ət/ us  
a fixed point supporting something that turns or balances the central or most important person or thing in a situation: The former guerrilla leader has become the pivot on which the country's emerging political stability turns/revolves (= it depends on him).
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