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  • n  a central cohesive source of support and stability
  • n  pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on

  • Meanwhile, the feds are watching closely to see if groups such as Hizballah use the Iraq crisis as a lynchpin for attacks.
  • KAREN TUMULTY: Senator, on the question that is really the lynchpin of all these other questions, which is coverage, there are only a few ways of getting there.
  • The lynchpin of the government's effort to defuse the Taliban insurgency is Sufi Mohammed, a septuagenarian Islamist cleric whose Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law .
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  • Henry Paulson in BusinessWeek
    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 soonafter the weekend meetings, Paulson said.
  • Leon Panetta in International Herald Tribune
    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...
  • Anthony Scirrotto in Forbes
    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.

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