Definition of cinch in English:



  • 1informal An extremely easy task.

    ‘the program was a cinch to use’
    • ‘This is not the most sophisticated-looking dish but it's a cinch to prepare and tastes terrific.’
    • ‘It's a cinch to make your own ‘convenience-type’ food.’
    • ‘Question 5 will be a cinch if you are a bit of a telly watcher.’
    • ‘All this makes vote fraud a cinch.’
    • ‘You would think that occupying my time would be 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.’
    • ‘You would think that it would be a cinch to give an exciting or glamorous, or appropriately poetic, account of 36 hours in Rome.’
    • ‘The club is located just around the corner, so getting there is a cinch.’
    • ‘If you know the child well enough, buying that perfect gift is a cinch.’
    • ‘Running both Germany and UK will be a cinch for her.’
    • ‘For real poor people this should be a cinch; a real work-from-home opportunity.’
    • ‘Once I met the challenge of getting there for under $500, keeping costs down was a cinch.’
    • ‘It was a cinch getting insurance for me because I was 30, even though I had never driven unaccompanied.’
    • ‘Cleaning silicone toys is a cinch: you can boil them or throw them in the dishwasher.’
    • ‘It made broadcasting from Antarctica seem like a cinch.’
    • ‘With this lemonade concentrate in the refrigerator, making a cold drink is a cinch.’
    • ‘For people intimidated by new technology, even this process is a cinch!’
    • ‘Life should be a cinch for a wine-loving pop star.’
    • ‘As Bayard reminded me, it was a cinch to find it on the internet.’
    • ‘Writing is hard work; talking is a cinch.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just treat me nice, Omnus, and you'll be a cinch to win that position.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘After a lackluster performance, it was a cinch for the judges to send him home.’
      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’
    • ‘How about a more traditional stock saddle, with a hand-tooled leather skirt and a rope cinch?’
    • ‘Tack is not defined, but presumably means saddle and bridle and normal accessories, such as girths, cinches and saddle pads.’
    • ‘As she tightened the cinch of the saddle again she swore she wasn't going to go back to the cabin just yet.’
    • ‘He tightened up his cinches and stepped back aboard.’
    • ‘Kemp walked to his horse, tightened the cinch on his saddle and walked it past men standing around talking.’
    • ‘Adam swung his saddle onto Sport's back and bent to tighten the cinch.’
    • ‘John's completed saddles are 100% ready to ride with their custom mohair cinches, latigo and stirrups.’
    • ‘Use clean tack, saddle pads, and cinches / girths, and make sure your saddle fits your horse.’
    • ‘Sometimes I would throw a stirrup over a saddle to tighten the cinch.’
    • ‘Adam had checked his cinch then stepped into the stirrup before swinging on to the chestnut stallion.’
    • ‘Coby's great uncle tightened the cinch and put a boot in the little mare's saddle stirrup.’
    • ‘After quickly brushing Mesa, I began to saddle him up, carefully tightening the cinch.’
    • ‘A wet cinch was a damned nuisance, and the soaked saddle fenders weren't adding to the pleasure of the night.’
    • ‘She didn't slide up into the saddle, she jerked the cinch and used her spurs before I'd even pitched.’


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

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

    ‘his advice cinched her decision to accept the offer’
    • ‘This quote is what cinches my position.’
    • ‘Each time she came so close, but just couldn't cinch it.’
    • ‘That cinched it: I knew I was going to college because I couldn't exactly give up a scholarship, right?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Okay Mark, that cinches it: You have no taste in music.’
    • ‘I guess it was being born on a Friday that cinched it for me.’
    • ‘The night I came home to find my CD player broken and all my wine drunk cinched it.’
    • ‘I took her hands and we did a walkaround, and she smiled back at me and the deal was cinched.’
    • ‘If you need further convincing, perhaps this will cinch the deal.’


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