lynchpin lynchpin

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a central cohesive source of support and stability
  2. (n) pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on

Usage(s):

  1. Meanwhile, the feds are watching closely to see if groups such as Hizballah use the Iraq crisis as a lynchpin for attacks.
  2. King Zahir is the lynchpin of Western hopes for a consensus-based government in Kabul that could begin rebuilding the failed state of Afghanistan with international assistance.
  3. But this strategic challenge is the lynchpin of a bold new strategy needed to re-power America.

News

  1. Jousting In Jersey! Caroline Manzo Sets Teresa Giudice Straight In Real Housewives Preview

    Like NeNe Leakes in Atlanta or Brandi Glanville in Beverly Hills, Teresa Giudice has arguably established herself as the lynchpin of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey franchise, as the… READ ON
    on June 8, 2013     Source: RadarOnline.com

  2. 2013 MLB Draft results: RHP Ryne Stanek selected by Rays with the No. 29 pick

    The Tampa Bay Rays have selected Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher Ryne Stanek with the 29th pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. Stanek entered the 2010 draft with thoughts of the first-round on his mind, but he ended up slipping down to the third round. Rather then join the Seattle Mariners , Stanek set off to Arkansas to boost his draft stock. He was the lynchpin for the No. 4 ranked Razorbacks ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: SB Nation

Quotes

  1. "Reform of the IMF's foreign exchange surveillance is the lynchpin on which other reforms depend and we look forward to action in this very important area very soon" after the weekend meetings, Paulson said.
    on Apr 14, 2007 By: Henry Paulson Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "Clearly, he's got to become the lynchpin in terms of building the relationship with the Hill," said Panetta, who was hired to reorganize the Clinton White House in the mid-1990s. "Most of the others at the White House have a pretty...
    on Dec 3, 2006 By: Leon Panetta Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Scirrotto, called by Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane the "first lynchpin of responsibility," and Baker face charges including burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault and harassment.
    on May 4, 2007 By: Anthony Scirrotto Source: Forbes

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