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1‘fasten the hem with a pin’
tack, safety pin, nail, staple, skewer, spike, brad, fastener
2‘a broken pin in the machine’
peg, bolt, rivet, dowel, screw, set screw
3‘they wore pins that read ‘Kindness to all animals’’
badge, brooch, sticker
1‘she pinned the brooch to her dress’
attach, fasten, affix, fix, stick, tack, nail, staple, clip, join, link, secure
2‘they had to pin me to the ground’
hold, restrain, press, pinion, constrain, hold fast, hold down, immobilize
‘I'll be on pins and needles till they get here’
in suspense, waiting with bated breath
anxious, nervous, apprehensive, worried, worried sick, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, fidgety
with butterflies in one's stomach, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, in a dither, all of a dither, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz, in a tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter, waiting for the axe to fall
strung up, windy, having kittens, all of a doodah
spooky, squirrelly, in a twit
shitting bricks, bricking oneself
1‘your supporting troops can just as easily pin down the enemy from a distance’
confine, trap, hem in, corner, close in, shut in, hedge in, pen in, restrain, entangle, enmesh, immobilize
2‘she tried to pin him down to something definite’
make someone commit themselves, constrain, force, compel, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, tie down, nail down
3‘it evoked some distant memory but he couldn't quite pin it down’
define, put one's finger on, put into words, put words to, express in words, express, designate, name, specify, identify, pinpoint, place, home in on
‘he was scared they'd pin the crime on him’
blame something on, lay the blame for something on, attribute something to, impute something to, ascribe something to
blame someone for something, hold someone responsible for something, lay something at someone's door
stick something on
‘I didn't pin my hopes on anything as I know what men can be like’
rely on, count on, depend on, place reliance on, lean on, bank on, trust, be sure of, trust in, place one's trust in, have confidence in, have every confidence in, believe in, put one's faith in, swear by, take for granted, take on trust, take as read
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