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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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'Lifestyle checks should be the easier way to pin down the Al Capones at the BOC and the BIR,' said Sen.
To help pin down specific problems, the Inspector General's office surveyed nearly 2,000 rating specialist's and decision review officers for their perspectives.
At the time, trying like all the London critics to pin down this elusive secret, I wrote, "Ulanova moves me nearly as much as life itself.
If De Stijl is really a 'shy beast' as he characterizes it--rather than a ragbag of assumptions and prejudices whose 'shyness' results from their inherent contradictions, his final ambition helps him to pick aspects of it to pin down. A second problem which shows the gulf between his erudition and his effect lies in his treatment of language.
The real Origen is hard to pin down. He may often have been advancing hypotheses, or reporting the views of others.
I suggest that voters if they see any candidates (and they are rare birds this year) should pin down our would-be representatives on exactly which scheme they favour and will support - and then vote accordingly.
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.
specialist at Per-Se Technologies, Atlanta, writes to say, "I came across the phrase 'The majority of our revenue comes from XXX.' I feel that it should be 'Most of our revenue comes from XXX.' But I can't pin down why, and I can't find a rule in AP or Chicago to back me up.
The next year or two will involve observations to "pin down the numbers" on the solar neutrino experiment.
He worked as a researcher for the Rand Corporation and in the Pentagon as an official high enough to read documents stamped "top secret." 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. But the software and services now offered by dot-coms let companies keep tabs on their cargo and costs through the entire process.
He wants something "just as Indian, just as traditional, but harder to pin down." He wants the apparent self-possessed sense of freedom in Indians that has always captivated white people; he wants to develop the character of the "uncaught" Indian.