to pin

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 26 16:47:40 UTC 2008

Sounds related to "pin down": keep a guard, and his/her attention,
away from an activity.

m a m

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at> wrote:
>> >From context, it seemed to mean "to run interference for" or "to help out by
>> creating a distraction" or "to take attention away from".
> This word appears in the Cassell's slang dictionary (2nd ed.): "of a
> female prisoner, to act as a lookout".
> Is the word really restricted to female prisoners?
> Is it from hockey originally, or what?

Mark Mandel

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