- 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
Examples from the Web for cinching
He started running toward the lifeship, too, cinching his belt as he ran.A Woman's Place
Mark Irvin Clifton
"Oh, no; not at all; in cinching the other fellows," Smith put in genially.The Real Man
The nervous woman who had never been on a horse before was cinching her own saddle and looking back and up.Through Glacier Park
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I walked toward Kyla, who was cinching a final load on one of the pack-animals, which she did efficiently enough.The Planet Savers
Marion Zimmer Bradley
As they were cinching them up—as the tightening of the girths is called—Mr. Worth returned.Cattle-Ranch to College
- 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 cinching
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.