One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Military (originallyUS). The action or fact of restricting the movement of troops, positions, etc., by means of air power or guided missile systems. Hence, of a soldier, military unit, etc.: inability to manoeuvre.
2Wrestling. = pinfall.
3In the United Kingdom: a practice formerly carried out in certain children's homes whereby children were punished by being placed in solitary confinement; (a period of) such confinement.
1940s; earliest use found in Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil. From to pin down.
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