- a strong girth used on stock saddles, having a ring at each end to which a strap running from the saddle is secured.
- a firm hold or tight grip.
- something sure or easy: This problem is a cinch.
- 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.
- to gird with a cinch; gird or bind firmly.
- Informal. to seize on or make sure of; guarantee: Ability and hard work cinched her success.
Origin of cinch1
- a variety of the game all fours.
Origin of cinch2
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"It's a cinch he don't know about that pill-thrower back in Ohio," added Cal.
"It's a cinch you'll take the front seat," he remarked, laconically.
Old Blake would give him work on his ranch over there, that was a cinch.
If you really want her and will follow the rules I give you, it's a cinch.The Fortune Hunter
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Gilbert killed there, the room found bolted, was a cinch for suicide.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- slang an easy task
- slang a certainty
- US and Canadian a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in positionAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): girth
- informal a firm grip
- (often foll by up) US and Canadian to fasten a girth around (a horse)
- (tr) informal to make sure of
- (tr) informal to get a firm grip on
- a card game in which the five of trumps ranks highest
Word Origin and History for cinch
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.