in the bag

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in the bag

"in the bag"

success is assured;

a sure thing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the bag

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: How did the negotiation go?

Colleague 2: The contract is in the bag.

Colleague 1: They signed the contract?

Colleague 2: We did not sign it as we need to have the contract re-typed to include the negotiated changes but we are signing tomorrow.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the bag

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What's the score in the game?

Friend 2: Five to 0 with ten minutes left to play.

Friend 1: It's in the bag. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. You might as well switch off the TV.

Friend 2: I'll watch until the bitter end just in case there is some kind of miracle.

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in the bag - Gerund Form:

Being in the bag, the deal was all but assured.

in the bag - Examples:

1)  Romney has FL in the bag and the race is all but over. 

2)  Hopefully MS doesn't think that they have it in the bag already as you obviously do. The competition is not static and has a history ...

3)  ... guaranteed a promotion. I whizzed through my interview. This job was in the bag! I was already cashing the checks in my mind.

4)  I don't feel any candidates can really say it's in the bag for them. We won't know until the ballots are counted.

5)  He knew he had it in the bag regardless of the turnout.

6)  I got this in the bag  I'm going to be the nominee.

7)  Maybe it was the loss of an important client you thought was in the bag. Or a diagnosis that changed your world. # Recall your disbelief, ... 

8)  ... won't be quite as motivated, having got a measure in the bag and satisfied themselves they can get what they want.

9)   You should never think you have it in the bag.

10)  ... felt he had the match in the bag with just a few holes left to play. So he did the worst thing ...

11)  You can pretend like you have this thing in the bag, but you know well that this race just got real interesting, ...

12)  He thinks he has it in the bag with voter fraud and all, but we're wise to him. 

13)  ... become convinced that it's all in the bag; so they can roll over and go back to sleep.

14)  ... the fan base and the city that think we've got the division in the bag before training camp even starts.

15)  ... a lot more details showed that both experiments definitely had the thing in the bag

16)  Too often, internal candidates figure they've got the new job in the bag, but studies show that as few as 1/3 of internal candidates win the better ...

17)  Well, at least with Prop. 30 in the bag, we shouldn't be getting any further cuts between now and then. 

18)  ... the Philippines can relax and rests its case. Philippine has total victory in the bag. Case closed, we can move forward. 

19)  I applied at a company thinking I had the job in the bag. I even did a PowerPoint presentation for them showing how I could earn profits ...

20)  I knew you'd come around. He knew he had it in the bag.