I got him down to the ground, took off his belt, and cinched it tightly around his biceps to stop the bleeding.
They had measurements of what her waist size was when she was cinched in and corseted.
After all, the Vatican experts had predicted that a short conclave meant that one of the two frontrunners had cinched the deal.
1859, American English, "saddle-girth," from Spanish cincha "girdle," from Latin cingulum "a girdle, a swordbelt," from cingere "to surround, encircle," from PIE root *kenk- (1) "to gird, encircle" (cf. Sanskrit kankate "binds," kanci "girdle;" Lithuanian kinkau "to harness horses"). Replaced earlier surcingle. Sense of "an easy thing" is 1898, via notion of "a sure hold" (1888).
1866, "to pull in," from cinch (n.). Figurative meaning "make certain" is from 1891, American English slang. Related: Cinched; cinching.
To make something certain; clinch, NAIL something DOWN: We cinched it with a last-second field goal (1883+)
[fr Spanish cincha, ''saddle girth,'' which, when tight, fosters certainty]