lead-pipe cinch

noun

Definition of lead-pipe cinch 

US, informal

: something very easy or certain ought to be a lead-pipe cinch to findBig Detective Cases if it wasn't him it was you and that's a lead-pipe cinch —Nelson Algren

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First Known Use of lead-pipe cinch

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lead-pipe cinch

lead-pipe from the phrase lead pipe pipe made of lead, from Middle English lede pype, from lede, leed lead + pype, pipe pipe

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