French translation of 'pin down'
separable transitive verb
- (= trap)
to be pinned down by enemy fire
clouer au sol
- [tree, boulder, car]
clouer au sol
⇒ I tried to get away but he pinned me down.
J'essayais de me dégager mais il me clouait au sol.
⇒ the fallen tree held him pinned down
l'arbre abattu le maintenait cloué au sol
être pris sous le feu de l'ennemi
- (= force to be specific)
mettre au pied du murto pin sb down to sth (= force to agree to)
acculer qn à qch
⇒ She couldn't pin him down to a date.
Elle n'a pas pu lui faire spécifier une date.
- (= define clearly)
⇒ I can only pin it down to between 1936 and 1942.
Je ne peux le situer qu'entre 1936 et 1942.
⇒ There's something strange here but I can't quite pin it down.
Il y a quelque chose d'étrange ici, mais je n'arrive pas exactement à savoir quoi.to pin down the exact location of sth
déterminer l'emplacement exact de qch
Example Sentences Including 'pin down'
The only thing I was now sure of, after a morning of study, was my ability to pin down Dechavanne over his project.The Gwen John Sculpture
Removing the plans from their protective cover, he spread them across the bed; several bulky UNACO files were used to pin down the edges.Code Breaker
I had seen Gifty with other men and I had noticed something about those men that I couldn't pin down.A DARKENING STAIN (2002)
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Translation of pin down from the Collins English to French Dictionary