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lead-pipe cinch

[led-pahyp] /ˈlɛdˌpaɪp/
noun, Slang.
an absolute certainty:
It's a lead-pipe cinch they'll be there.
something very easy to accomplish:
Getting him elected will be a lead-pipe cinch.
Origin of lead-pipe cinch
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lead-pipe cinch
Historical Examples
  • I saw Boston's betting man havin' an old-time play, an' I knew it was a lead-pipe cinch.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He owes me a good bit, that same Johnny; his people thought him a lead-pipe cinch, and I went down the line on him to my sorrow.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • It's a lead-pipe cinch that this is about the most mysterious thing that ever gave a whole layout brain storm.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • Well, maybe he's hot, and talks like the proprietor, and forgets that an engagement ain't always a lead-pipe cinch.

Slang definitions & phrases for lead-pipe cinch

lead-pipe cinch

noun phrase

  1. Acertainty; inescapable fact: not early enough to move no tables, that's a lead-pipe cinch/ calls Coleco Vision a ''lead-pipe cinch'' for making a strong showing at Christmas
  2. Something very easy; cinch, piece of cake: a lousy lead-tight cinch that any freshman in law school could have won

[1898+; fr the fact that a lead pipe can be easily bent, in case one has bet on such a feat]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with lead-pipe cinch

lead-pipe cinch

A certainty, an assured success. For example, “An engagement ain't always a lead-pipe cinch” (O. Henry, The Sphinx Apple, 1907). This colloquial expression is of disputed origin. It may allude to the cinch that tightly holds a horse's saddle in place, which can make it easier for the rider to succeed in a race; or it may allude to a cinch in plumbing, in which a lead pipe is fastened with a band of steel to another pipe or a fixture, making a very secure joint. [ Late 1800s ]
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