AskDefine | Define cinch

Dictionary Definition



1 any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic" [syn: breeze, picnic, snap, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake]
2 stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place [syn: girth]
3 a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps


1 tie a cinch around; "cinch horses" [syn: girth]
2 make sure of
3 get a grip on; get mastery of

User Contributed Dictionary



Spanish cincha, a belt or girth



  1. A simple saddle girth used in Mexico.
    • He found Andy morosely replacing some broken strands in his cinch, and he went straight at the mooted question. — B. M. Bower, The Flying U's Last Stand
  2. Something that is very easy to do.
    No problem ... it's a cinch.
    • "We thought we had a cinch on getting out by way of this cord and so we followed that." — Major Archibald Lee Fletcher, Boy Scouts in the Coal Caverns
  3. A firm hold.
    • You've got the cinch on him. You could send him to quod, and I'd send him there as quick as lightning. I'd hang him, if I could, for what he done to Lil Sarnia. — Gilbert Parker, The World For Sale,


  • See


saddle girth
something that is very easy to do
firm hold


  1. To bring to certain conclusion.
  2. To tighten down.


  • 1911, "I intend to cinch that government business." — Margaret Burnham, The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise

Derived terms


to conclude

Extensive Definition

To cinch means to tighten down.
Cinch can also mean:
  • A cinch is a girth (tack)
  • A CINCH is also a belay device for sport climbing.
  • A CINCH/AV connector is also referred to as an RCA jack or phono connector.
  • Colloquially, if something is easy to do, it is said to be a "cinch".
  • Cinch is a card game.
  • Cinch is a brand of cleaning products owned by Prestige Brands.
  • Cinch is a brand of electronics connector Cinch Connectors.

See also

A konkani/Marathi word for tamarind !

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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