Meaning of PIN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɪn ]

( pins, pinning, pinned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Pins are very small thin pointed pieces of metal. They are used in sewing to fasten pieces of material together until they have been sewn.

...needles and pins...



If you pin something on or to something, you attach it with a pin, a drawing pin, or a safety pin.

They pinned a notice to the door...

He had pinned up a map of Finland.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


If someone pins you to something, they press you against a surface so that you cannot move.

I pinned him against the wall...

She fought at the bulk that pinned her.

VERB : V n adv / prep , V n


A pin is any long narrow piece of metal or wood that is not sharp, especially one that is used to fasten two things together.

...the 18-inch steel pin holding his left leg together.



If someone tries to pin something on you or to pin the blame on you, they say, often unfairly, that you were responsible for something bad or illegal.

The trade unions are pinning the blame for the violence on the government.

VERB : V n on n


If you pin your hopes on something or pin your faith on something, you hope very much that it will produce the result you want.

The Democrats are pinning their hopes on the next election.

VERB : V n on n


If someone pins their hair up or pins their hair back, they arrange their hair away from their face using hair pins.

Cleanse your face thoroughly and pin back your hair...

In an effort to look older she has pinned her fair hair into a French pleat.

VERB : V n with adv , V n prep


A pin is something worn on your clothing, for example as jewellery, which is fastened with a pointed piece of metal. ( AM )

...necklaces, bracelets, and pins.



see also pins and needles , drawing pin , rolling pin , safety pin

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