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From The Great War 1914-1918

A cinch: An absolute certainty. Something easy to do, e.g., "It's a dead cinch." Apparently derived from the Mexican word "Cincha," a belt or girdle, a saddle girth. The "C" is pronounced soft, as in "cinders" in Mexico and the American Southern States. In Canada and the Northern States it is pronounced hard as "K". [1]

To cinch: To grip or fasten. [1]

References / notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.56.
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