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  • n  a central cohesive source of support and stability
    he is the linchpin of this firm
  • n  pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on

  • That was the linchpin in convincing them.
  • As that seminal group's linchpin, Robertson wrote spooky, spunky and romantic valedictories to the mythic ghosts of American history: rounders and robbers, gamblers and wanderers .
  • For Citigroup, another financial linchpin, they're 21%.
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  • Jack McMahon in The Chronicle Journal
    Mr. Donaghy walked away with a nice situation for himself. He is the linchpin and he seems to have worked his way into a nice situation,McMahon said. "I don't know if that is fair."
  • Charles Schumer in Forbes
    There is a worst-case scenario because housing is the linchpin of our economy, and more foreclosures make prices go down, that creates more foreclosures, and creates a vicious cycle,Schumer said. "You add that to the other weakness in the...
  • Henry Paulson in Bloomberg
    Reform of the IMF's foreign-exchange surveillance is the linchpin on which other reforms depend,Paulson said in a statement to the fund's semiannual gathering today. "We look forward to action in this important area very soon after these...

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