dead to rights
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- (US, idiomatic) With sufficient evidence to establish responsibility definitively.
- Because of the video replay, the ref had him dead to rights on the penalty.
- ^ Vocabulum: Or, The Rogue's Lexicon. Comp. from the Most Authentic Sources, George Washington Matsell (1859), p. 25: “DEAD TO RIGHTS. Positively guilty, and no way of getting clear.”