cinch

noun
\ ˈsinch How to pronounce cinch (audio) \

Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strap that holds a saddle on a horse
2 : a tight grip
3a : a thing done with ease Getting reelected would be a cinch for him.
b : a certainty to happen it's a cinch he'll break the record

cinch

verb
cinched; cinching; cinches

Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put a cinch on cinch a horse
b : to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly He cinched his belt tight.
2 : to make certain : assure the goal that cinched the victory

intransitive verb

: to tighten the cinch often used with up cinched up before mounting his horse

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Examples of cinch in a Sentence

Noun

This recipe is a cinch. This dish is a cinch to make.

Verb

The coat is cinched at the waist. The rider cinched the saddle. The candidate cinched the nomination by winning the major primary elections. The home run cinched the victory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Built on the Nissan NV200 cargo van, the Free Bird uses a convenient slide-rail system that makes switching from camper van to cargo hauler a cinch. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modular camper van sleeps two and hauls gear, asks $37K," 22 Oct. 2018 Waist trainers—latex undergarments that wrap tightly around the belly and cinch in the waist for an hourglass figure—came into vogue around 2015, when Kim Kardashian West and her sisters began praising them on Instagram. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "‘Worst Decision Ever’: A New Fashion Trend Leaves Women Literally Breathless," 16 Aug. 2018 Takes Shira Ovide is annoyed that Facebook keeps comparing its efforts to shore up global democracy to its effort in 2012 to build a successful mobile app: Facebook’s 2012 smartphone reboot was a cinch compared with its current challenges. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 Turning this basic formula into a sheet-pan meal is a cinch: Just stick another pan of veggies in the oven at the same time, and add some herbs and crunchy peanuts as garnish. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Making enhancing simple ingredients a cinch, Mills' kitchen MVPS are a Nutribullet Blender and MagiMix Food Processer. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 These foods make cooking fast, weeknight dinners a cinch, keep for ages, and are packed with nutrition. Southern Living, "7 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your Freezer," 8 Mar. 2018 Fifteen hundred sheets of regular printer paper may seem like a cinch in comparison to crushing a bowling ball or an anvil, but paper is deceptively hardy. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Hydraulic Press is Nearly Defeated By 1,500 Sheets of Paper," 28 July 2017 As far as cancer treatments go, treating a basal cell carcinoma is a cinch. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Skin Cancer: A Visual Guide to Identifying Warning Signs on Your Body," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kelly took the stage during the Battle Rounds in a vibrant, color block dress that reached the floor and cinched at the waist with a belt. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Can't Stop Talking About Kelly Clarkson's Battle Rounds Dress," 26 Mar. 2019 There are masculine silhouettes and men’s tailoring in the debut collection, but those items are cinched at the waist with a garment of Castiglioni’s invention and softened by bright colors. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Plan C, the New Label From the Family Behind Marni, Is the Coolest Thing to Come out of Milan," 27 Feb. 2019 Lopez, of Luar, caters to cool kids of all genders and all ages with his anything-goes approach—high heels, spaghetti straps, and belts that cinched the waists of everyone who walked down his most recent catwalk. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Meet the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists," 16 Oct. 2018 With its pointed collar and cinched waistline, the flattering style gives the perfect silhouette. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore an Affordable Polka Dot Dress for Her Pamper Day, But It's Already Sold Out," 22 Oct. 2018 Don't just stick to boho versions; some of the best cold-shoulder blouses cinch the waist, showcase dramatic sleeves, and bring in prints to infuse easy glamour. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 Her platinum hair is twisted into a piecey chignon, and architectural jewelry drips from her body — a cascade of crystals dangling inside a helix and a large pearl suspended from a hoop are cinched to her ears. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Mathilde Laurent Used All of Her Senses to Create a Scent That Smells Like Diamonds," 2 Oct. 2018 Its diagonal stripes and cinched waist produce a totally slimming effect. Redbook, "Audrey's Outfit of the Day: Guest Post - Beat the Heat," 28 July 2011 The unusual look fit perfectly and was cinched in at the waist, creating an iconic hourglass figure. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian's Silver Strapless Dress Will Give You Serious Tin Foil Vibes," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cinch

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for cinch

Noun and Verb

Spanish cincha, from Latin cingula girdle, girth, from cingere — more at cincture

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cinch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : something that is very easy to do
chiefly US, informal used to say that something will certainly happen or that someone will easily do something
US : a strap that holds a saddle on a horse

cinch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

US
: to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly around someone or something
informal : to make (something) certain to happen

cinch

noun
\ ˈsinch How to pronounce cinch (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sure or an easy thing This game is a cinch to learn.

cinch

verb
cinched; cinching

Kids Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (as a belt or strap) tightly

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