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1. Sports
a. The innermost or central pin in an arrangement of bowling pins.
b. See headpin.
2. The most important person or element in an enterprise or system.
3. See kingbolt.
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1. the most important person in an organization
2. the crucial or most important feature of a theory, argument, etc
3. (Mechanical Engineering) Also called (Brit): swivel pin a pivot pin that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle by securing the stub axle to the axle beam
4. (Bowls & Bowling) tenpin bowling the front pin in the triangular arrangement of the ten pins
5. (Bowls & Bowling) (in ninepins) the central pin in the diamond pattern of the nine pins
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1. (in bowling)
a. the headpin.
b. the pin at the center.
2. Informal. a person or thing of chief importance.
3. either of the pins that are a part of the mechanism for turning the front wheels in some automotive steering systems.
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A large iron pin that went through the front wagon bolster and coupling pole and into the front wagon axle.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kingpin - the most important person in a group or undertakingkingpin - the most important person in a group or undertaking
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
2.kingpin - bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
bolt - a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
3.kingpin - the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins
bowling pin, pin - a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
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[ˈkɪŋpɪn] N (Tech) → perno m real or pinzote (fig) (= person, object) → piedra f angular
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈkɪŋpɪn] n
(= thing) → pivot m
(= person) → cheville f ouvrière
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈkɪŋˌpɪn] n (Tech) (fig) → perno
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Sept 5 (ANI): Delhi Police busted an interstate narcotic drug cartel involved in smuggling drugs from Manipur and arrested two persons including the kingpin on September 1.
THE leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for the prosecution of politicians linked to activities of the alleged kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala a.k.a Wadume as alleged in his confessional statement to the police.
21 took steps to designate three Chinese drug manufacturing businessmen and their companies as violators of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
Ngala was the undisputed Pwani kingpin, an A-list politician who had the interests of Coast people at heart and his legacy lives on long after his death.
An alleged local robber kingpin was killed in a 'gunfight' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Subornachar upazila of Noakhali in the early hours of Monday.
The FBI fears drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is plotting a jailbreak after he asked to be allowed to exercise on the roof of the prison where he is on remand.
Central Region County Assemblies Forum representative Charles Mwangi claimed the rally was a ploy to install Dr Ruto as the region's kingpin."There was nothing like a prayer rally.
Notorious drug kingpin Mohommad Najim Mohammad Imran alias Kanjipani Imran and three others were deported from Dubai and detained by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.
A young man who has left the province with his brother and now works in Metro Manila told me that in the days leading up to the vote, the local political kingpin would deploy his armed supporters to knock on doors (tokhang is not confined to Davao) and tell residents that they better vote for the kingpin, or elsehellip How would the kingpin know if the order was followed?
Rawalpindi -- A drug racket kingpin has allegedly managed to smuggle heroin into United Kingdom (UK) by concealing in a bridal dress through a passenger who travelled in national flag carrier via New Islamabad International Airport (NIIAP) in January 2019, official sources disclosed to The Nation on Wednesday.
In this game, Peter has spent eight years behind the mask and mastered the art of fighting crime, but you can help him face a selection of villains, including Kingpin and Scorpian, all looking to cause trouble as he continues to try and rid the city of corruption.