He started running toward the lifeship, too, cinching his belt as he ran.
I walked toward Kyla, who was cinching a final load on one of the pack-animals, which she did efficiently enough.
The nervous woman who had never been on a horse before was cinching her own saddle and looking back and up.
But Craig shook his head lazily, and Wade, cinching his loosened belt, limped with aching legs down the slope.
We got the saddles and flung them on the ponies, cinching them good and tight, and then put on the bridles.
He supplies his own pack animals, is past master in cinching on a load, and makes all bargains and pays all bills in our behalf.
Leroy, making an end of slapping on and cinching the last saddle, wheeled suddenly on the Irishman.
In cinching up, be sure you know your animal; some puff themselves out so that in five minutes the cinch will hang loose.
Make fast end a at c, and end d at e, cinching up strongly on the bights that come through the cinch rings.
He was untying his horse, with quick decided movements, and cinching up the girth.
1859, American English, "saddle-girth," from Spanish cincha "girdle," from Latin cingulum "a girdle, a swordbelt," from cingere "to surround, encircle," from PIE root *kenk- (1) "to gird, encircle" (cf. Sanskrit kankate "binds," kanci "girdle;" Lithuanian kinkau "to harness horses"). Replaced earlier surcingle. Sense of "an easy thing" is 1898, via notion of "a sure hold" (1888).
1866, "to pull in," from cinch (n.). Figurative meaning "make certain" is from 1891, American English slang. Related: Cinched; cinching.
To make something certain; clinch, NAIL something DOWN: We cinched it with a last-second field goal (1883+)
[fr Spanish cincha, ''saddle girth,'' which, when tight, fosters certainty]