cinch

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[sinch]
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noun
  1. a strong girth used on stock saddles, having a ring at each end to which a strap running from the saddle is secured.
  2. a firm hold or tight grip.
  3. Informal.
    1. something sure or easy: This problem is a cinch.
    2. a person or thing certain to fulfill an expectation, especially a team or contestant certain to win a sporting event: The Giants are a cinch to win Sunday's game.
verb (used with object)
  1. to gird with a cinch; gird or bind firmly.
  2. Informal. to seize on or make sure of; guarantee: Ability and hard work cinched her success.

Origin of cinch

1
1855–60, Americanism; < Spanish cincha < Latin cingula girth, equivalent to cing(ere) to gird + -ula -ule

cinch

2
[sinch]
noun Cards.
  1. a variety of the game all fours.

Origin of cinch

2
1885–90; perhaps < Spanish cinco five, a card game
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British Dictionary definitions for cinch

cinch

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noun
  1. slang an easy task
  2. slang a certainty
  3. US and Canadian a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in positionAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): girth
  4. informal a firm grip
verb
  1. (often foll by up) US and Canadian to fasten a girth around (a horse)
  2. (tr) informal to make sure of
  3. (tr) informal to get a firm grip on

Word Origin for cinch

C19: from Spanish cincha saddle girth, from Latin cingula girdle, from cingere to encircle

cinch

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noun
  1. a card game in which the five of trumps ranks highest

Word Origin for cinch

C19: probably from cinch 1
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Word Origin and History for cinch
n.

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).

v.

1866, "to pull in," from cinch (n.). Figurative meaning "make certain" is from 1891, American English slang. Related: Cinched; cinching.

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