have dead to rights

have someone dead to rights

Fig. to have caught someone red-handed; to have irrefutable evidence about someone's misdeed. We have you dead to rights on this one. The cops had him dead to rights with damning testimony of two eyewitnesses.
See also: dead, have, right

have somebody dead to rights

also catch somebody dead to rights
found in the act of doing something wrong The police had him dead to rights selling drugs.
See also: dead, have, right