Definition of cinch in English:


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Pronunciation: /sɪn(t)ʃ


  • 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.


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  • 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'.

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