dead to rights

adv, adj
American
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.
► 'Dead' is used here in its common colloquial meaning of 'completely'.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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