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Definition of cinch:

  1. A strong saddle girth, as of canvas.
  2. A tight grip.
  3. 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.
  4. In the game of cinch, to protect ( a trick) by playing a higher trump than the five.
  5. To get a sure hold upon; to get into a tight place, as for forcing submission.
  6. To perform the action of cinching; to tighten the cinch; - often with up.
  7. To put a cinch upon; to girth tightly.


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