Definition of cinch in English:

cinch

Syllabification: cinch
Pronunciation: /sinCH
 
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noun

1 informal An extremely easy task: the program was a cinch to use
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  • All this makes vote fraud a cinch.
  • What we learned at the time from some of the world's leading security experts was that breaking into even the most sensitive sites on the Internet was a cinch.
  • If you know the child well enough, buying that perfect gift is a cinch.
Synonyms
an easy task, child's play, a snap, a walkover, nothing
informal a piece of cake, a picnic, a breeze, kids' stuff, a cakewalk, a pushover, duck soup, a walk in the park
1.1chiefly North American A sure thing; a certainty: he was a cinch to take a prize
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  • He was a cinch to cast as the wicked wizard Jafar in Aladdin.
  • After a lackluster performance, it was a cinch for the judges to send him home.
  • Al Hirschfeld had not only made it to 99, he seemed a cinch to hit 100.
Synonyms
2chiefly North American A girth for a Western saddle or pack.
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  • Tack is not defined, but presumably means saddle and bridle and normal accessories, such as girths, cinches and saddle pads.
  • Use clean tack, saddle pads, and cinches / girths, and make sure your saddle fits your horse.
  • John's completed saddles are 100% ready to ride with their custom mohair cinches, latigo and stirrups.

verb

[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
1Secure (a garment) with a belt.
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  • But any sensible reptile at Cable Beach wouldn't dare mess with David when they see the crocodile skin belt cinching his trousers!
  • I've cinched my belts inward relentlessly, drilling new holes as the slimming down process did its job.
  • Too-large dress shirts can be cinched with a belt to accentuate your figure.
1.1Fix (a saddle) securely by means of a girth; girth up (a horse).
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  • After cinching the saddle tightly around the donkey's belly, she adjusted the balance of the baskets.
  • He gave her one look before he finished cinching the saddle.
  • The stable man worked quickly, putting a velvet saddle blanket on, then the saddle, which he cinched securely.
2 informal Make certain of: his advice cinched her decision to accept the offer
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  • But the decision was cinched by an email from my 10-year-old niece.
  • Susie's domination here, however, cinched her first-place victory and secured her a place in fitness history as the only three-time winner.
  • This quote is what cinches my position.

Origin

mid 19th century (sense 2 of the noun): from Spanish cincha 'girth'.

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