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hinge

see hinge joint.

craniofacial hinge
flexible connection between the skull bones in many birds and reptiles which permit the upper jaw to be raised at the same time as the mandible is depressed; well developed between the nasal and frontal bones in psittacine birds.
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The fall of Mandelson was nothing so spectacular, hingeing apparently on an untruth as given out to the media.
With Farmer Brown having run a stinker under a less-than-inspired ride in the Imperial Cup, and Sublimity's participation hingeing on how he fares in the Champion Hurdle, the Irish challenge is headed by Pedrobob, a battling third in the Totesport Trophy last time.
This faintly absurd situation, alternating between, on the one hand, dramatic seasons of spectacular melodrama that often featured horses (and/or dogs) on stage and, on the other, seasons of self-professed equestrian spectacle in the ring, reflects the still confused state--notwithstanding the 1843 Act--of theatrical licensing, hingeing as it did as much on the question of definition as on the shape of the auditorium.
Beer rival Budweiser is also hingeing its summer marketing activity on a sponsorship deal, but as sponsor of this year's FIFA World Cup.
Hoon and Hewitt are lucky,as some Prime Ministers would never tolerate the idea of public w hingeing by Ca bin et members that they hadn't been given better jobs.