in the bag


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to in the bag: half in the bag

*in the bag

 
1. Fig. cinched; achieved. (*Typically: be ~; have something ~.) It's in the bag—as good as done. The election is in the bag unless the voters find out about my past.
2. Fig. Inf. intoxicated. (*Typically: be ~.) Kelly looks like he is in the bag. John is in the bag and mean as hell.
See also: bag

in the bag

safe or certain When the score reached 12 to 2 we knew the game was in the bag.
Usage notes: usually said about the result of a competition or election
See also: bag

in the bag

  (informal)
if something is in the bag, you are certain to get it or to achieve it
Usage notes: Someone who hunts puts what they have killed in a bag.
Once we'd scored the third goal, the match was pretty much in the bag. Nobody knows who'll get the job, despite rumours that Keating has it in the bag.
See also: bag

in the bag

Assured of success, virtually accomplished or won. For example, The coach thought the trophy was in the bag, or Our new contract is in the bag. The precise allusion in this idiom is unknown. One writer believes it refers to a completed transaction, that is, an item bought and wrapped in a bag. However, it may well refer to the game bag in which hunters place small game such as birds. [c. 1920] Also see under wrap up.
See also: bag

in the bag

1. mod. cinched; achieved. It’s in the bag—as good as done. The election is in the bag unless the voters find out about my past.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also bagged.) Kelly looks like he is in the bag.
See also: bag

in the bag

Assured of a successful outcome; virtually accomplished or won.
See also: bag