lynchpin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lynspin, from Old English lynis (a pin securing a wheel to an axle). Figurative use attested from the mid 20th Century.

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Noun[edit]

lynchpin (plural lynchpins)

  1. a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
  2. (figuratively) a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation.

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