Definition of cinch in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪn(t)ʃ/


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.
easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing
informal doddle, walk in the park, piece of cake, picnic, money for old rope, money for jam, breeze, sitter, kids' stuff, cushy job/number, doss, cakewalk, pushover
North American informal duck soup, snap
Australian/New Zealand informal bludge, snack
South African informal a piece of old tackie
dated snip
British vulgar slang a piece of piss
See also easy
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.
2chiefly North American A girth for a Western saddle or pack of a type used mainly in Mexico and the western US: they watered the horses and loosed the cinches
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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.


[with object] chiefly North American
1Secure (a garment) with a belt: my cut-offs are cinched by 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: when I caught up with him he was cinching up the saddle on Rose
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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.


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

  • The first recorded use of cinch, ‘something that is easy to achieve’, was as a term for a girth of a saddle that was made from separate twisted strands of horsehair. It was used in Mexico and the western USA, and is a Spanish word. The link between the original meaning and the modern one is the idea of having a firm or secure hold on something.

Words that rhyme with cinch

clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch

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