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hinge (up)on someone or something

Fig. to depend on someone or something; to depend on what someone or something does. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than cm.) The success of the project hinges upon you and how well you do your job. How well the corn crop does all hinges on the weather.

hinge on something

also hinge upon something
to depend on something The case hinged on whether the jury believed the accused thief or the two witnesses.
Etymology: based on the idea that a door is attached to its frame by a hinge (folding device)

hinge on

Also, hinge upon. Depend or be contingent on, as in This plan hinges on her approval. This expression employs the verb hinge in the sense of "to hang," as a door would hang on a hinge, a usage dating from the early 1700s.

hinge on

or hinge upon
To depend on something or someone. Used of facts, events, and situations: The success of this play hinges on three weeks of rehearsal. Whether or not we reach our fundraising goal hinges upon our volunteers.
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He said talks with the city would hinge upon Operating Engineers agreeing to the meeting.
Luke's Medical Center in Chicago agrees that therapeutic uses for CAF hinge upon knowing its molecular makeup, but he notes that the San Francisco team's elucidation of the way CAF inhibits HIV replication will help in developing new ways to fight HIV.
Gray and others at UNCF have determined that, to a large extent, the future success of their schools will hinge upon their ability to preserve what they do well, while connecting into what's happening elsewhere.
The literature and experience demonstrate that the future of quality health care delivery will hinge upon involvement and collaboration of physicians in the management control systems of hospitals and health care organizations.
This unique offer requires no appropriated government funding in fiscal year 2012, nor does it hinge upon any financial commitment from the government in 2013 or beyond.
In each section the contributions are related, but do not hinge upon one another.
The decision will hinge upon whether the action group can prove that the playing field - popularly known locally as the Burn Field - has been in common recreational use for more than 20 years.
They maintained that agriculture sector was the backbone of the economy and it needed governments attention for improvement and that the government should carry out reforms in the sector so as to ameliorate the lot of people whose lives hinge upon it.
However, where USD/CAD goes on Friday may hinge upon a highly market-moving report on Friday.
The deal will still hinge upon Jose Antonio Reyes' future as he is currently on loan at Real, who have indicated to Arsenal they do not want to sign him permanently.
Smart will face a critical year and its success or failure will hinge upon the single-model ForTwo, which is made bigger and better for 2007.
Therefore the boards' decision may hinge upon the city and state's $600 million share of the cost of the stadium.
Thousands of jobs at Airbus UK's wingmaking plants on Deeside will hinge upon the development of new planes such as the proposed A350 which will compete for orders with Boeing's new 787.
NORSE DANCER'S participation in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy is likely to hinge upon a workout this morning.
Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: ``The meeting could all hinge upon how long the cold spell will last for.