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I've recently heard a girl saying:

"the shape (of a dress) cinches you in."

So the next day, I tried to look up the meaning of it but I've only found the word a cinch which is supposed to be a strap that holds a saddle on a horse.

The dress was tight around the waist area so I thought it can either mean that the dress is tight enough to hold everything (you know what I mean) in place or it makes you look slimmer.

I'm still not quite sure about what she meant so I'd appreciate your answers. :)

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Oxford learner's dictionaries

cinch something (especially North American English) to fasten something tightly around your waist; to be fastened around somebody’s waist

Merriam-Webster

verb: to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly around someone or something


So she was saying that the piece of clothing is tightened around your waist.

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