pin down


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place in a confining or embarrassing position

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attach with or as if with a pin

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Department of Energy and the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources are still searching to pin down an exact cause for the outage, which was believed to be related to faulty lines in Northeast Ohio, losses could still be either higher or lower, depending on the ultimate findings of liability and how it relates to individual policy language, said Robert Hartwig, chief economist for the Insurance Information Institute.
But I can't pin down why, and I can't find a rule in AP or Chicago to back me up.
He also served in Vietnam as a Marine company commander and saw firsthand how elusive the enemy was and how difficult it was to pin down results from the expenditure of armaments and personnel.
Duties, tariffs and cargo location were hard to pin down.
He wants something "just as Indian, just as traditional, but harder to pin down.
Advertisers need no longer worry about broken lapel pin posts resulting from mailing or mishandling with the revolutionary Pin Down design (patent pending; #247-101p-wlk) which provides for the pin post to fold down within, and below, the pin's back surface, thereby reducing its thickness for mailing and the possibility of injury from handling.
Right or wrong, the passages are unnecessarily hard to pin down, for only about one quarter of them have line numbers appended.
Wrap accounts are one of the current buzz words of the UK financial services market in 2006, however the definition of a "pure wrap" is hard to pin down and the question remains, is a full wrap necessary for all clients.
Pfizer is currently funding a study to pin down the cardiovascular side effects of the drug.
For the cast members, particularly Leoni, whose character was the hardest to pin down, it was a matter of sometimes wanting to strangle Brooks.
But researchers have been stumped when they try to pin down a specific, consistent mechanism by which different air pollution mixtures affect people with varying susceptibilities living in a range of climates and settings.
Hitoshi Abe's architecture is hard to pin down, principally because he treats the architectural process as a voyage of discovery, a personal reading of site and circumstance.
And by gracefully accepting its inability to pin down Behn, Chernaik's study enjoys a final slight disordering of its neoclassic equilibrium.