• WordNet 3.6
    • v cinch get a grip on; get mastery of
    • v cinch make sure of
    • v cinch tie a cinch around "cinch horses"
    • n cinch a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
    • n cinch any undertaking that is easy to do "marketing this product will be no picnic"
    • n cinch stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cinch A strong saddle girth, as of canvas.
    • Cinch A tight grip.
    • n Cinch A variety of auction pitch in which a draw to improve the hand is added, and the five of trumps (called right pedro) and the five of the same color (called left pedro, and ranking between the five and the four of trumps) each count five on the score. Fifty-one points make a game. Called also double pedro and high five.
    • v. t Cinch In the game of cinch, to protect (a trick) by playing a higher trump than the five.
    • Cinch To get a sure hold upon; to get into a tight place, as for forcing submission.
    • v. i Cinch To perform the action of cinching; to tighten the cinch; -- often with up.
    • Cinch To put a cinch upon; to girth tightly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cinch A saddle-girth made of leather, canvas, or woven horsehair.
    • cinch To gird with a cinch.
    • cinch Hence To bind or subdue by force.
    • cinch To tighten the cinch: used with up.
    • n cinch A firm hold or grip on anything.
    • n cinch A fine position or situation; an easy job; a ‘snap.’
    • n cinch A variety of all-fours, sometimes called double pedro and high-five. In addition to the points for high, low, jack, and game, the five of trumps (right pedro) is worth 5, and the five of the same color (left pedro) is also worth 5, so that 14 points are made in every deal, all in the trump suit. Nine cards are dealt to each player, three at a time. Each player, in turn, has one bid for the privilege of naming the trump suit, the number offered being what the player thinks he can make with his partner's assistance, but no one is allowed to mention the suit he purposes to select. The highest bidder names the trump, and then each player, in turn, discards everything but trumps, the dealer giving him cards from the top of the pack to make the hand up to six cards, with which he plays. The maker of the trump leads any card he pleases, and the object of the players is to secure the counting cards and also to ‘cinch’ tricks, so that an opponent cannot save a pedro by trumping in. After the hand is played the points are counted and, if the bidder has made as many as he offered, the lower score is deducted from the higher, the difference counting toward game, which is 51 points. If the bidder fails, the adversaries add the amount of his bid to any points they make, the unsuccessful bidder scoring nothing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cinch sinch a saddle-girth
    • v.i Cinch to tighten the cinch
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  • Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones
    Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones
    “If you can't be happy where you are, it's a cinch you can't be happy where you ain't.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Inch by inch, it's a cinch.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. cinch, a girth, a tight grip, as v., to get a sure hold upon; perh. so named from the tactics used in the game; also cf. Sp. cinco, five (the five spots of the color of the trump being important cards)


In literature:

First place maybe he couldn't hear it, but it's a cinch that everyone on the street will.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
What a dead cinch the playwrights had.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
There's not much uranium on Mars, and it's not easy to find or any cinch to mine.
"The Hunted Heroes" by Robert Silverberg
Yer think yer got the cinch on me, don't yer, Job Malden!
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
To slip on his bridle, adjust and cinch his saddle took but a few minutes.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
It's a cinch that the treasure was here.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
Jim thought of the rope he had used for a cinch, and made for it with his eye on the snake, lest the latter should approach closer to the boy.
"The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch" by Henry Wallace Phillips
Upstream work is no cinch.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
They cinched me so tight I can't eat a thing, and my shoes hurt.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
With mechanical readiness the guide alighted from his horse, loosened the cinch on the pack-horse, and disclosed the usual camp-bed.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

He frivols through the livelong day,
He knows not Poverty her pinch.
His lot seems light, his heart seems gay,
He has a cinch.
"The Rich Man" by Franklin Pierce Adams
From out the mesh of fate our heads we thrust.
We can't do what we would, but what we must.
Heredity has got us in a cinch —
(Consoling thought when you've been on a "bust".)
"Quatrains" by Robert W Service
I got the blind on him with a terrible fight
Cinched on the saddle and girdled it tight
Then I steps up on him and pulled down the blind
And sat there in the saddle to see him unwind.
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher
I never did head him nor turn him about,
I aimed to just trail him till I wore him plum out.
Then for five or six days I gained not an inch;
He was wearin' no crutches and that was cinch.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
"I'm the one to take such rakin's as a joke.
Someone hand me up the makin's of a smoke!
If you think my fame needs bright'nin'
W'y I'll rope a streak of lightnin'
And I'll cinch 'im up and spur 'im till he's broke."
"The Legend Of Boastful Bill" by Badger Clark Jr
Pig-eyed and heavy jowled he stood and puffed a big cigar;
As cool as though he ruled the roost in some Montmartre bar.
He seemed to say, "I've got a cinch, a double diamond hitch:
I'll skin this Muscovitish oaf, this Riley Dooleyvitch.
"The Ballad Of Touch-The-Button Nell" by Robert W Service

In news:

Democrats Thank Republican Leadership For Making Opposition To Reapportionment Plan A Cinch.
It's a cinch to make & pairs well with nearly every protein for Breakfast & Dinner.
This easy Shrimp 'n' Cheddar Bake recipe tastes restaurant fancy, but it's a cinch to do ourselves.
Whipping up a batch of homemade popsicles is a cinch in comparison.
Our yummy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits are such a cinch to prepare, why would you buy ready-baked ones.
Don't be afraid of the dumplings , they're a cinch to make.
At a time when corporate purse strings are still cinched relatively tightly, legal departments probably aren't popping champagne bottles over the news that rates for their outside counsel are continuing to rise.
They're a cinch to blend and don't pull or tug on skin.
The shades are cheerful, natural-looking, and a cinch to blend.
This paper airplane card flies incredibly well and is a cinch to make.
The wand is pretty cool, too: It has a flexible brush that makes grabbing lashes a cinch.
Serve homemade treats in containers crafted from ordinary paper plates cinched with big, colorful rubber bands.
But the midweek prix-fixe menu cinches the deal.
Plus, removing it is a cinch.
Plus, they come in a special matching cinch bag.