Albert Grossman was only 31 at the time, but already a kingpin in folk.
This arrest shows the Peña Nieto administration is at least intent on continuing the kingpin strategy.
On every block he met acquaintances who had even toasted him—with his own wine; toasted him as the kingpin.
You are to be a kingpin witness in my case against two pickpockets.
I just went out and sent that whole moving picture outfit reeling, kingpin and all!
But there's another day, and the kingpin and I may yet lock horns.
He said he was the kingpin of the tooth-pullers, and I believe he was.
Wait now, Bertrand Meade, who seemed to be the kingpin of the whole movement—yes, Meade owned that tiny island.
The kingpin of the whole structure erected above the deck of a yacht is the bobstay.
The rookies, too, look up to you as a kingpin pitcher and batter, and theyll be just clay in your hands.
also king-pin, 1801 as the name of the large pin in the game of kayles (similar to bowls except a club or stick was thrown instead of a ball; cf. "Games, Gaming and Gamesters' Laws," Frederick Brandt, London, 1871), from king with a sense of "chief" + pin (n.). The modern use is mainly figurative and is perhaps from the word's use as another name for the king-bolt (itself from 1825) in a machinery, though the figurative use is attested earlier (1867) than the literal.