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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Linchpin \Linch"pin`\ (l[i^]nch"p[i^]n`), n. [AS. lynis the
axletree; akin to D. luns linchpin, OS. lunisa, LG. lunse, G.
l["u]nse, OHG. lun peg, bolt.]
A pin used to prevent the wheel of a vehicle from sliding off
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith
is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the
ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm" [syn:
anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin,
2: pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on [syn:
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