linch-pin

 the penis of a stag. Shropsh.

A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. . 1790.

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  • linch|pin — «LIHNCH PIHN», noun. 1. a pin inserted through a hole in the end of an axle to keep the wheel on. 2. Figurative. that which keeps something from falling; a critical point: »The small station of Kohima in the Burma Campaign suddenly became the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • linch — linch·pin; linch·pinned; vel·linch; linch; linch·et; …   English syllables

  • pin — af·fen·pin·scher; al·pin·ia; al·pin·ism; al·pin·ist; al·pin·oid; al·y·pin; ap·pin·ite; ap·pro·pin·quate; ap·pro·pin·qui·ty; at·ro·pin·ize; bac·te·ri·ot·ro·pin; bi·pin; bi·pin·nar·ia; caes·al·pin·ia; caes·al·pin·i·a·ce·ae; ca·ne·pin; car·pin·cho;… …   English syllables

  • linchpin — linch·pin …   English syllables

  • linchpin — linch|pin lynchpin [ˈlıntʃˌpın] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: linch pin fastening a wheel to an axle (11 16 centuries) (from Old English lynis) + pin] the linchpin of sth the person or thing in a group, system etc that is most important, because… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • linchpin — /linch pin /, n. 1. a pin inserted through the end of an axletree to keep the wheel on. 2. something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together: The monarchy was the linchpin of the nation s traditions and society. Also,… …   Universalium

  • linchpin — linch•pin [[t]ˈlɪntʃˌpɪn[/t]] n. 1) mac a pin inserted through the end of an axletree to keep the wheel on 2) cvb something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together • Etymology: 1350–1400; alter. of ME lynspin < lyns …   From formal English to slang

  • linchpin — linch|pin [ lıntʃ,pın ] noun count a person or thing that is essential to a group, organization, system, or plan: linchpin of: Nurses are the linchpin of our healthcare system …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lynchpin — /linch pin /, n. linchpin. * * * …   Universalium

  • linchpin — also linch pin, late 14c., earlier linspin, from M.E. lins axletree (see LINCH (Cf. linch)) + PIN (Cf. pin) (n.). The peg that holds a wheel on an axle; now mainly figurative …   Etymology dictionary


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