2016年4月23日 星期六

cinch, Unbound delegates



By the end of next Tuesday, Donald Trump is likely to end up with all the delegates he needs to cinch the Republican nomination. He’s already closing in on 1,000, as Carson, Huckabee, and Rubio delegates (richly wined and dined) join on. Republican operatives say Trump then needs only 100 more to convince enough other unbound Republican delegates to give him the magic 1,237. And he’ll easily add at least 100 in Tuesday’s primaries, which include New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware.
With Trump at the head of the ticket, Democrats have a serious chance of retaking the Senate and perhaps even the House. And some governors. That’s good news. But it also means that if we blow the presidential election we get a bigoted pathological narcissist xenophobe in the Oval Office.


unbound 1 

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈbaʊnd/ 

ADJECTIVE

1Not bound or tied up:her hair was unboundfigurative they were unbound by convention

“Unbound delegates,” “unpledged delegates,” “superdelegate” – these are the names by which certain players in the primary election process go. This group helps nominate the presidential candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties.
Unlike other delegates (covered here), these folks’ votes at the party conventions this summer are not necessarily based upon how the public voted in their states’ primary or caucuses.




SYNONYMS breeze, cinch, pushover, snap. These nouns denote something easily accomplished: The exam was a breeze. Chopping onions is a cinch with a food processor. Winning the playoffs was no pushover. The new computer program was a snap to learn.

cinch 

Pronunciation: /sɪn(t)ʃ/ 

NOUN

1informal An extremely easy task:the program was a cinch to use
1.1chiefly North American sure thing; a certainty:he was a cinch to take a prize
2chiefly North American girth for a Western saddle or pack of a type used mainly in Mexico and the western US:they watered the horses and loosed the cinches

VERB

[WITH OBJECT] chiefly North American
1Secure (a garment) with a belt:my cut-offs are cinched by a belt
1.1Fix (a saddlesecurely by means of a girth:when I caught up with him he was cinching up the saddle on Rose
2informal Make certain of:his advice cinched her decision to accept the offer

Origin

Mid 19th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from Spanish cincha 'girth'.

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