lead-pipe cinch


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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“Lead-pipe cinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead-pipe%20cinch. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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