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noun Cinch
  1. A strong saddle girth, as of canvas.(West. U. S)
  2. A tight grip.(Colloq)

Etymology: Sp. cincha, fr. L. cingere to gird

verb Cinch
  1. To put a cinch upon; to girth tightly.(Western U. S)
  2. To get a sure hold upon; to get into a tight place, as for forcing submission.(Slang, U. S)
verb Cinch
To perform the action of cinching; to tighten the cinch; -- often with up.
noun Cinch
A variety of auction pitch in which a draw to improve the hand is added, and the five of trumps (called right pedro) and the five of the same color (called left pedro, and ranking between the five and the four of trumps) each count five on the score. Fifty-one points make a game. Called also double pedro and high five.

Etymology: Cf. cinch a girth, a tight grip, as v., to get a sure hold upon; perh. so named from the tactics used in the game; also cf. Sp. cinco five (the five spots of the color of the trump being important cards)

verb Cinch
In the game of cinch, to protect (a trick) by playing a higher trump than the five.
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  1. A form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
  2. Any undertaking that is easy to do
  3. Stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  4. Get a grip on; get mastery of
  5. Make sure of
  6. Tie a cinch around ("cinch horses")

Borrowing from Occitan cencha or Spanish cincha (“a belt or girth”), from Late Latin cingula, from Latin cingulum. Doublet of cingle.

  1. A simple saddle girth used in Mexico.
  2. (informal) Something that is very easy to do.
    No problem ... it's a .
  3. (informal) A firm hold.

Compare senses at etymology 1 (a girth, a tight grip), perhaps suggesting the tactics used in the game; or perhaps from Spanish cinco (“five”), the five spots of the colour of the trump being important cards.

  1. (card games) A variety of auction pitch in which a draw to improve the hand is added, and the five of trumps (called "right Pedro") and the five of the same colour (called "left Pedro", and ranking between the five and the four of trumps) are each worth five. Fifty-one points make a game.

    cinch was also found in the following language(s): Ladin

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    • How Popular is the name Cinch? Cinch is the 32,521st most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Cinch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 133 babies born with the first name Cinch in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cinch to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cinch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • What year had the most people named Cinch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cinch was in 2012 with a total of 20 babies.
    • Random Cinch Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cinch is not a popular baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 2011.
    • Weird things about the name Cinch: Your name in reverse order is Hcnic. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nihcc. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Cinch born Apr 28, 1997

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Russia approximately on 1400. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

    You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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