dead to rights

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  • adjective an American version of the British bang to rights. ‘Dead to rights’ is probably the original form of the phrase, dating from the 19th century and now rarely, if ever, heard in Britain.
  • adverb an American version of the British bang to rights. ‘Dead to rights’ is probably the original form of the phrase, dating from the 19th century and now rarely, if ever, heard in Britain.
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