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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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When the hinged panel is closed, it rests on the notch along the laminate side and on the top of the cabinet frame below.
The 6-inch-wide piece of butcher block between hinge and back wall allows the hinged panel to lean against the wall, freeing both hands for stacking or lifting.
Coleman started with the simplest possible three-dimensional model: two straight legs hinged at the hip and shod with rounded disks.