1. (US) a fool, one who can be easily overcome [ext. of sense 2].
|N.Y. Press 9 Dec. in Stallman (1966) 113: Say, if yeh pick me up fer a cinch, I’ll fool yeh.in|
|Boston Globe Sun. Mag. 21 Dec. 7–8: A professor who is at all lenient in his methods of instruction is a ‘cinch’.|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 29 July 34/1: I’m a cinch [...] Every panhandler [...] knows he can work me for a beer check.|
|‘A Tale of two Fists’ XV in Pittsburgh Press (PA) 16 May 31/1: ‘I used to be cinch for any one to pop on the chin’.|
2. (orig. US, also kinch, sinkers) a simple, easily attained thing, a certainty; thus cinchy, sinchy, easy, easily attained or attainable; cinch-looking, apparently easy.
|Lantern (N.O.) 5 Mar. 3: Rube claims to be a tout, and gets around the greenies saying he has a sinch but if he ain’t careful, he’ll bite the dust.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 25: I mean dose pieces what says what mug has de dead cinch on bein de dandiest dresser on de avenoo.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 223: The cinch-looking price of 3 to 5 or 1 to 2.|
|Down the Line 16: ‘A skinch!’ said Nash. ‘Go as far as you like.’.|
|Boss 96: He grafts nights [...] an’ at this time of day it’s a cinch he’s takin’ a snooze.|
|Slang Fables from Afar 12: [T]the winning of the hearts of the Kroywen Fancy Work was Sinchy for Browne.|
|St Paul Globe (MN) 7 Aug. 27/2: It’s sinkers fer de bunch dat Romeo and his bundle is up de pike in a minute on the merry get-away.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 July 4/7: From him to sneak to a job with Leake / Was a ‘kinch’ to my acrobat organs.|
|L.A. Herald 10 Dec. 10/4: ‘Don’t yuh never git the notion bein’ a mechanic’s a cinch, sister‘.‘Our Theatrical Boarding House’ in|
|Potash and Perlmutter 1: This brokering business ain’t such a cinch neither.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 35: ‘It’s a cert!’ I said. ‘An absolute cinch!’ said Corky.|
|Little Caesar 37: This ain’t going to be no cinch.|
|Old-Time Saloon 138: The syndicate [...] appeared to be making a safe bet, because [...] it seemed certain that the profits would continue and the dividends would be a cinch.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 2 Feb. 42/1: ‘It’s a cinch, you'd have been late for breaker’.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 61: It’s a cinch, we’ll have it off sweet as a nut.|
|Really the Blues 53: Why didn’t I ask my sister Helen to take down the words in shorthand? She was doing secretarial work and [...] it would be a cinch for her.|
|Teen-Age Gangs 9: Cinch handled a few stick-ups and was, as he said, a cinch at stealing cars.|
|Mama Black Widow 71: It’s a cinch I ain’t gonna’ burn my own baby brother.|
|Picture Palace 43: It is not the cinch it seems for a photographer to take her own picture.|
|Skin Tight 40: A cinch [...] We can do it under local anesthetic, make it smooth as silk.|
|Mr Blue 215: Within the month he was going to court for sentence and it was a cinch he was going where I had just been.|
|Guardian Editor 25 June 16: It’s a cinch. You just chuck the eggs and flour together and knead for glory.|
3. (US) an easily seduced woman.
|AS VII:5 330: cinch—[...] a woman who is easily possessed.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
to place oneself in an unassailable position.
|Kansas Agitator (Garnett, KS) 21 July 5/1: The coal men feel confident that they have a cinch on the trade.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 105: We were going to get those railroad tickets [...] so that we’d have a cinch on going back East.|
|Road 24: The tramp, snugly ensconced inside the truck, with the four wheels and all the framework around him, has the ‘cinch’ on the crew — or so he thinks.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 22 Sept. 28/1: Private capital will have a cinch on charging us all high prices for our dyed textiles.|
|(con. 1918) Mattock 273: Dill wants to get a sure cinch on Johnny Hard, and have him busted.|
(US) to ensure, to make something certain.
|L.A. Herald 27 Mar. 5/5: In the ninth inning San Jose put a cinch on their victory by getting two runs.|
|Austin’s Hawaiian Wkly (Honolulu, HI) 18 Nov. n.p.: The Supreme Court has put a tighter cinch on the meaning of the ‘opinion in possession’ clause of the law.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 108: I had him wobbling, as it was. You can put the cinch on him, if you choose.|
|Pimp 44: He had [...] pulled strings, and put the cinch on the joint for me.|