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cinch

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noun \ˈsinch\

Definition of cinch

  1. 1 :  a strap that holds a saddle on a horse

  2. 2 :  a tight grip

  3. 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>

Examples of cinch in a sentence

  1. This recipe is a cinch.

  2. This dish is a cinch to make.

Origin and Etymology of cinch

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


First Known Use: 1859

Other Equestrian Terms


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cinch

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Definition of cinch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put a cinch on <cinch a horse>b :  to fasten (as a belt or strap) tightly <He cinched his belt tight.>

  3. 2 :  to make certain :  assure <the goal that cinched the victory>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to tighten the cinch —often used with up <cinched up before mounting his horse>

Examples of cinch in a sentence

  1. The coat is cinched at the waist.

  2. The rider cinched the saddle.

  3. The candidate cinched the nomination by winning the major primary elections.

  4. The home run cinched the victory.

Origin and Etymology of cinch

see 1cinch


First Known Use: 1866


CINCH Defined for English Language Learners

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cinch

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noun \ˈsinch\

Definition of cinch for English Language Learners

  • : something that is very easy to do

  • —used to say that something will certainly happen or that someone will easily do something

  • : a strap that holds a saddle on a horse


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cinch

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Definition of cinch for English Language Learners

  • : to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly around someone or something

  • : to make (something) certain to happen


CINCH Defined for Kids

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cinch

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noun \ˈsinch\

Definition of cinch for Students

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

  2. 2 :  girth 2


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Definition of cinch for Students

cinched

cinching

  1. :  to fasten (as a belt or strap) tightly



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