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English definition of “pin sb down”

pin sb down

(SURROUND) phrasal verb with pin     /pɪn/ verb (-nn-)
to stop someone from escaping by surrounding them 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
(Definition of pin sb down (SURROUND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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