lead-pipe cinch

noun

Definition of lead-pipe cinch

US, informal
:something very easy or certain
  • ought to be a lead-pipe cinch to find
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  • if it wasn't him it was you and that's a lead-pipe cinch
  • —Nelson Algren

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Origin and Etymology of 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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