from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A girth for a pack or saddle.
- n. A firm grip.
- n. Something easy to accomplish. See Synonyms at breeze1.
- n. A sure thing; a certainty.
- transitive v. To put a saddle girth on.
- transitive v. To get a tight grip on.
- transitive v. Informal To make certain; secure or guarantee: cinch a victory.
- intransitive v. To tighten a saddle girth. Often used with up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A simple saddle girth used in Mexico.
- n. Something that is very easy to do.
- n. A firm hold.
- v. To bring to certain conclusion.
- v. To tighten down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong saddle girth, as of canvas.
- n. A tight grip.
- transitive v. To put a cinch upon; to girth tightly.
- transitive v. To get a sure hold upon; to get into a tight place, as for forcing submission.
- intransitive v. To perform the action of cinching; to tighten the cinch; -- often with up.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. In the game of cinch, to protect (a trick) by playing a higher trump than the five.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saddle-girth made of leather, canvas, or woven horsehair.
- To gird with a cinch.
- Hence To bind or subdue by force.
- To tighten the cinch: used with up.
- n. A firm hold or grip on anything.
- n. A fine position or situation; an easy job; a ‘snap.’
- n. A variety of all-fours, sometimes called double pedro and high-five.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
- v. tie a cinch around
- v. make sure of
- n. any undertaking that is easy to do
- v. get a grip on; get mastery of
- n. a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
Spanish cincha, feminine of cincho, belt, from Latin cīnctus, from past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cincha ("a belt or girth"), from Latin cingula. (Wiktionary)