pin sb down Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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pin sb down

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

pin sb down (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 ​resistancefighters 30 ​milesnorth of the ​capital.

pin sb down (GET DETAILS)

to make someone ​providedetails about something or make a ​decision about something: I've ​triedasking Stephanie, but she's ​provingdifficult to ​pin down to a ​particulardate.
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