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Victorian Slang of the Week–cinch

cinch–this is a term we use today to mean something that’s easy. “No worries. I’ll do it. It’s a cinch.” The origin of this slang seems to come from cinch in terms of 1) defeating or beating someone, 1870’s. “He threw down two aces and I was cinched.” It later came to be used as 2) something that’s a certainty, a sure thing, 1890 and then, finally 3) something that’s easy 1896

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2 Comments

  1. I love your posts on slang, Denise. Thanks.

  2. Denise Eagan says:

    Thanks Caroline. I love doing them. I find slang and the way language changes over time fascinating. I wish I had more time with it though!

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