In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(prevent from moving)he was pinned down by a fallen beam — quedó inmovilizado bajo una viga
- they pinned him down — (se echaron sobre él y) lo inmovilizaron
2.1(define)(cause/identity) definir(identity/cause) precisarsomething's wrong with me, but I can't pin it down — algo tengo, pero no sabría decir exactamente qué
- ideologically, he is hard to pin down — es difícil encasillarlo en una ideología
2.2(force to state position)it's useless trying to pin politicians down — es inútil intentar que los políticos se definan
- to pin sb down to/on sth
- I managed to pin him down to a definite date — conseguí que se comprometiera para una fecha concreta
- we couldn't pin him down on the details of the plan — no logramos que precisara / que concretara los pormenores del plan
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