cinch

1 [sinch]
noun
1.
a strong girth used on stock saddles, having a ring at each end to which a strap running from the saddle is secured.
2.
a firm hold or tight grip.
3.
Informal.
a.
something sure or easy: This problem is a cinch.
b.
a person or thing certain to fulfill an expectation, especially a team or contestant certain to win a sporting event: The Giants are a cinch to win Sunday's game.
verb (used with object)
4.
to gird with a cinch; gird or bind firmly.
5.
Informal. to seize on or make sure of; guarantee: Ability and hard work cinched her success.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; < Spanish cincha < Latin cingula girth, equivalent to cing(ere) to gird + -ula -ule

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cinch

2 [sinch]
noun Cards.
a variety of the game all fours.

Origin:
1885–90; perhaps < Spanish cinco five, a card game

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cinch1 (sɪntʃ)
 
n
1.  slang an easy task
2.  slang a certainty
3.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): girth a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in position
4.  informal a firm grip
 
vb
5.  (US), (Canadian) (often foll by up) to fasten a girth around (a horse)
6.  informal (tr) to make sure of
7.  informal (tr) to get a firm grip on
 
[C19: from Spanish cincha saddle girth, from Latin cingula girdle, from cingere to encircle]

cinch2 (sɪntʃ)
 
n
a card game in which the five of trumps ranks highest
 
[C19: probably from cinch1]

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cinch
1859, Amer.Eng., "saddle-girth," from Sp. cincha "girdle," from L. cingulum "a girdle," from cingere "to surround, encircle," from PIE base *kenk- "to gird, encircle." Sense of "an easy thing" is 1898, via notion of "a sure hold" (1888). The verb is first recorded 1866.
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cinch definition

[sɪntʃ]
  1. n.
    something very easy. : No sweat! It was a cinch!
  2. tv.
    to have something settled and secured. : It only took a handshake to cinch the deal.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Easy-to-access caves spread across the region make spelunking a cinch.
They're easy to ride, a cinch to store and dirt cheap to run.
The interface is easy to learn and creating a fun design is a cinch.
While it had its drawbacks, it also had the advantage of being durable, easy to
  customize and a cinch to repair.
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