lead-pipe cinch

lead-pipe cinch

[led-pahyp]
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, Americanism

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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].

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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