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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.

(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.
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