Meaning of cinch in English:


Pronunciation /sɪn(t)ʃ/

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  • 1informal An extremely easy task.

    • ‘the program was a cinch to use’
    • ‘All this makes vote fraud a cinch.’
    • ‘What we learned at the time from some of the world's leading security experts was that breaking into even the most sensitive sites on the Internet was a cinch.’
    • ‘If you know the child well enough, buying that perfect gift is a cinch.’
    • ‘Question 5 will be a cinch if you are a bit of a telly watcher.’
    • ‘This is not the most sophisticated-looking dish but it's a cinch to prepare and tastes terrific.’
    • ‘You would think that occupying my time would be a cinch.’
    • ‘It made broadcasting from Antarctica seem like a cinch.’
    • ‘Running both Germany and UK will be a cinch for her.’
    • ‘With this lemonade concentrate in the refrigerator, making a cold drink is a cinch.’
    • ‘Writing is hard work; talking is a cinch.’
    • ‘As Bayard reminded me, it was a cinch to find it on the internet.’
    • ‘It was a cinch getting insurance for me because I was 30, even though I had never driven unaccompanied.’
    • ‘For people intimidated by new technology, even this process is a cinch!’
    • ‘The club is located just around the corner, so getting there is a cinch.’
    • ‘Cleaning silicone toys is a cinch: you can boil them or throw them in the dishwasher.’
    • ‘For real poor people this should be a cinch; a real work-from-home opportunity.’
    • ‘You would think that it would be a cinch to give an exciting or glamorous, or appropriately poetic, account of 36 hours in Rome.’
    • ‘Once I met the challenge of getting there for under $500, keeping costs down was a cinch.’
    • ‘It's a cinch to make your own ‘convenience-type’ food.’
    • ‘Life should be a cinch for a wine-loving pop star.’
    easy, uncomplicated, not difficult, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, effortless, painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing, a walkover, a gift, nothing
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    1. 1.1North American A sure thing; a certainty.
      • ‘he was a cinch to take a prize’
      • ‘He was a cinch to cast as the wicked wizard Jafar in Aladdin.’
      • ‘After a lackluster performance, it was a cinch for the judges to send him home.’
      • ‘Al Hirschfeld had not only made it to 99, he seemed a cinch to hit 100.’
      • ‘Seemingly every palazzo had a party, but the winner was a cinch.’
      • ‘How many times have we seen horses who look like cinches get beat?’
      • ‘Just treat me nice, Omnus, and you'll be a cinch to win that position.’
      • ‘At the time, Hull had racked up 27 goals and he seemed a cinch to break his own record of 50 goals set in 1962.’
      certainty, sure thing
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  • 2North American A girth for a Western saddle or pack of a type used mainly in Mexico and the western US.

    ‘they watered the horses and loosed the cinches’
    • ‘Tack is not defined, but presumably means saddle and bridle and normal accessories, such as girths, cinches and saddle pads.’
    • ‘Use clean tack, saddle pads, and cinches / girths, and make sure your saddle fits your horse.’
    • ‘John's completed saddles are 100% ready to ride with their custom mohair cinches, latigo and stirrups.’
    • ‘How about a more traditional stock saddle, with a hand-tooled leather skirt and a rope cinch?’
    • ‘Sometimes I would throw a stirrup over a saddle to tighten the cinch.’
    • ‘Kemp walked to his horse, tightened the cinch on his saddle and walked it past men standing around talking.’
    • ‘As she tightened the cinch of the saddle again she swore she wasn't going to go back to the cabin just yet.’
    • ‘Adam had checked his cinch then stepped into the stirrup before swinging on to the chestnut stallion.’
    • ‘She didn't slide up into the saddle, she jerked the cinch and used her spurs before I'd even pitched.’
    • ‘A wet cinch was a damned nuisance, and the soaked saddle fenders weren't adding to the pleasure of the night.’
    • ‘Adam swung his saddle onto Sport's back and bent to tighten the cinch.’
    • ‘After quickly brushing Mesa, I began to saddle him up, carefully tightening the cinch.’
    • ‘Coby's great uncle tightened the cinch and put a boot in the little mare's saddle stirrup.’
    • ‘He tightened up his cinches and stepped back aboard.’


[with object]
  • 1North American Secure (a garment) with a belt.

    ‘my cut-offs are cinched by a belt’
    • ‘But any sensible reptile at Cable Beach wouldn't dare mess with David when they see the crocodile skin belt cinching his trousers!’
    • ‘I've cinched my belts inward relentlessly, drilling new holes as the slimming down process did its job.’
    • ‘Too-large dress shirts can be cinched with a belt to accentuate your figure.’
    • ‘Aching from head to toe, Clara pulled the thick, heavy robe around her waist and cinched the belt tighter.’
    • ‘She stood there cinching her robe until Lester came out of the kitchen.’
    • ‘The wasp waist, achieved with the help of a corset and a tightly cinched belt, became popular at the end of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Don't you just love this long cinched white jacket?’
    • ‘A finely-crafted leather belt was cinched loosely around her waist.’
    • ‘I ran a trembling hand through my wet hair, then cinched my white robe tighter around my waist.’
    • ‘She rolled out of bed and had just cinched the belt on her bathrobe when she heard tapping on her window.’
    • ‘Along with the fedora, he also wore a robe, cinched closed by a belt.’
    • ‘Instead, you pull your jeans up high and cinch them with a belt.’
    • ‘He pulled the white gloves from the leather belt that cinched his tunic at his waist and tugged them over his hands.’
    • ‘She poked a few more holes in the belt and then cinched it around her waist.’
    • ‘Clothing droops and drifts on his small body; faded denim pants slip despite cinching with a braided belt.’
    • ‘Always wear a sturdy weightlifting belt cinched tightly when doing heavy deadlifts.’
    • ‘It was tucked into his jeans under a black belt cinched tight around his slim waist.’
    • ‘The crew in the back of the aircraft was cinching down their safety belts and shoulder harnesses.’
    • ‘She grabbed a belt from the dresser, cinching it tight to keep the jeans up.’
    • ‘I was a bit of a rockabilly in those days, and I used to wear circle skirts with tight polo-necked tops and a very, very cinched waist.’
    1. 1.1Fix (a saddle) securely by means of a girth.
      ‘when I caught up with him he was cinching up the saddle on Rose’
      • ‘After cinching the saddle tightly around the donkey's belly, she adjusted the balance of the baskets.’
      • ‘He gave her one look before he finished cinching the saddle.’
      • ‘The stable man worked quickly, putting a velvet saddle blanket on, then the saddle, which he cinched securely.’
      • ‘Joshua cinched the girth on his horse's saddle, pulling it tight and swinging upon the animal's broad back with ease.’
      • ‘He instructed me on how to correctly place the saddle and cinch it up.’
      • ‘She cinched it up pretty tight and went to get the bridle.’
      • ‘He was throwing the saddle over the back of the big black horse and was cinching it down as I peppered him with questions.’
      • ‘The saddle had been girthed and cinched tight to him.’
      • ‘As soon as I come out of the show ring I have to immediately cinch up the saddle.’
  • 2North American informal Make certain of.

    • ‘his advice cinched her decision to accept the offer’
    • ‘But the decision was cinched by an email from my 10-year-old niece.’
    • ‘Susie's domination here, however, cinched her first-place victory and secured her a place in fitness history as the only three-time winner.’
    • ‘This quote is what cinches my position.’
    • ‘That cinched it: I knew I was going to college because I couldn't exactly give up a scholarship, right?’
    • ‘I guess it was being born on a Friday that cinched it for me.’
    • ‘I took her hands and we did a walkaround, and she smiled back at me and the deal was cinched.’
    • ‘Each time she came so close, but just couldn't cinch it.’
    • ‘If you need further convincing, perhaps this will cinch the deal.’
    • ‘Okay Mark, that cinches it: You have no taste in music.’
    • ‘The night I came home to find my CD player broken and all my wine drunk cinched it.’


Mid 19th century (in cinch (sense 2 of the noun)): from Spanish cincha ‘girth’.