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in the bag

Meaning: If you think something is "in the bag", you are sure you'll get it or achieve it.

For example:

  • If the polls are correct, the Democrats have the election in the bag. They should win easily.

  • They are three goals up with only five minutes to go, so Liverpool have got this game in the bag. They won't lose now.

Quick Quiz:

With three holes to go, Tiger Woods has the tournament in the bag. He is
  1. sure to win
  2. sure to lose
  3. sure to be in the top three

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