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lead-pipe cinch

[led-pahyp] /ˈlɛdˌpaɪp/
noun, Slang.
1.
an absolute certainty:
It's a lead-pipe cinch they'll be there.
2.
something very easy to accomplish:
Getting him elected will be a lead-pipe cinch.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
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lead-pipe cinch

noun phrase
  1. Acertainty; inescapable fact: not early enough to move no tables, that's a lead-pipe cinch/ calls Coleco Vision a ''lead-pipe cinch'' for making a strong showing at Christmas
  2. Something very easy; cinch, piece of cake: a lousy lead-tight cinch that any freshman in law school could have won

[1898+; fr the fact that a lead pipe can be easily bent, in case one has bet on such a feat]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with lead pipe cinch
A certainty, an assured success. For example, “An engagement ain't always a lead-pipe cinch” (O. Henry, The Sphinx Apple, 1907). This colloquial expression is of disputed origin. It may allude to the cinch that tightly holds a horse's saddle in place, which can make it easier for the rider to succeed in a race; or it may allude to a cinch in plumbing, in which a lead pipe is fastened with a band of steel to another pipe or a fixture, making a very secure joint. [ Late 1800s ]
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