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in the bag

[in TH.. 'b@g] = /ɪn ðə ˈbæg/
  1. When you are sure of your success, you can say that it is in the bag.
    We played only 15 moves and I already knew that the game was in the bag. I could tell that my opponent hardly understood what was going on.
    I was clearly ahead of all the other competitors, and I knew first prize was in the bag.
    When our team was leading by 20 points seven seconds before the end of the game, the coach already knew that first prize was in the bag.
    When you are playing chess with someone and you have twice as many pieces as he has, your victory is in the bag.