One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A main or large bolt in a central position.
- ‘This device is secured in a normal manner by a central kingpin which is received within a slot portion of the device.’
- 1.1 A vertical bolt used as a pivot.
central shaft, fulcrum, axis, axle, swivel, pin, hub, spindle, hinge, pintle, gudgeon, trunnioncentre, focal point, focus, central point, hub, heart, nucleus, raison d'être, crux, keystone, cornerstone, linchpinView synonyms
- ‘The offset barrel-shape wound spring changes the load path through the suspension, allowing the spring's axis to come in line with the kingpin instead of the strut, reducing lateral load on the upper strut bearing.’
- ‘If your trucks feel too tight or too loose grab your wrench and adjust them by turning the nut on the kingpin (if you have Grind Kings, you'll need to use an Allen key to tighten them).’
2A person or thing that is essential to the success of an organization or operation.‘the kingpins of the television industry’
star, leading light, luminary, superstar, mogul, giant, master, celebrity, lionView synonyms
- ‘The brains behind the operation, the drug kingpins, usually receive a get-out-of-jail-free card in exchange for giving information and writing a check.’
- ‘And so the gangsters from Culiacan became world famous kingpins of complex criminal enterprises - many resembling multi-national corporations in structure.’
- ‘Gambling kingpins and vice lords bought votes, counted votes of long since dead voters and terrorized honest citizens so that every political leader and law enforcement officer in the county owed their jobs to the crooks.’
- ‘The new kid on the block - or off the block, as the case may be - is having a go at the main man, the kingpin.’
- ‘If a kidnap kingpin is operating high in the ranks of the police, this is a measure of the desperate urgency of what the public is up against.’
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