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hinge

verb arise from, around, center, center on, critical moment, critical period, critical point, crossways, crowning point, crucial moment, culmination, decisive moment, depend on, derive from, emanate from, ensue from, evolve from, gennrate from, hang, issue from, juncture, pivot, turn out
Associated concepts: case hinging on circumstances, outtome hinges on the evidence
See also: crossroad
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He went on now to tell her of his love for her, in words which bore, even to her critical senses, the stamp of truth; but none of this touched her, until, coming to a gate whose hinge was rusty, he heaved it open with his shoulder, still talking and taking no account of his effort.
Quickly he unlocked the cover, turning it back upon its hinge.
I would not have to worm my way like a scared cat toward Hooja's village, nor did I relish doing so now; but Dian's life might hinge upon the success of my venture, and so I could not afford to take chances.
He knew that he was too far inland for his uniform to have any significance to this native tribe to whom no inkling of the World War probably ever had come, and he could only assume that he had fallen into the hands of the warriors of some savage potentate upon whose royal caprice his fate would hinge.
It was a low arched portal, outside the church, in a dark nook behind a column; and had such great iron hinges, and such a monstrous lock, that there was more hinge and lock than door.
The two then joined the others at the door, which one of them had already opened with some difficulty, caused by rust of lock and hinge.
We have marksmen in the Company who will notch with a shaft every crevice and joint of a man-at-arm's harness, from the clasp of his bassinet to the hinge of his greave.
Grewgious, bolt upright as usual, sat taking his wine in the dusk at his open window; his wineglass and decanter on the round table at his elbow; himself and his legs on the window-seat; only one hinge in his whole body, like a bootjack.
But those around the gate had seen it slowly yield, and drop from its topmost hinge.
If he broke the lash of his father's gigwhip by lashing the gate, he couldn't help it,--the whip shouldn't have got caught in the hinge.
While their masters, the mates, seemed afraid of the sound of the hinges of their own jaws, the harpooneers chewed their food with such a relish that there was a report to it.
There was a seedy old chest, and an old hair trunk with the hinges broke.