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hinge (up)on (someone or something)

To be dependent or reliant on someone or something. Our vacation plans hinge on how quickly the hurricane gets to the island.
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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.
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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.
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hinge on

or hinge upon
v.
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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TODAY'S meetings at Beverley and Haydock hinge upon 8am inspections because of the weather.
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.
Therefore the boards' decision may hinge upon the city and state's $600 million share of the cost of the stadium.
Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: ``The meeting could all hinge upon how long the cold spell will last for.
Morris has been called upon to examine human remains, too, and to testify at the trials of suspected murderers when convictions hinge upon the time of death.
"However, the success of the move will ultimately hinge upon the board's ability to build broad support among Hearts fans, and I am disappointed that we have not yet been able to achieve this.