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bang to rights

With irrefutable proof of wrongdoing or illegal activity, usually used with the verbs "caught" or "have." Primarily heard in UK. The officer caught the gangster bang to rights, having discovered several kilograms of narcotics hidden in the back of the vehicle. Freeze, creep! I have you bang to rights!
See also: bang, right

bang to rights

(of a criminal) with positive proof of guilt. informal
A North American variant of this expression is dead to rights .
1993 G. F. Newman Law & Order He hadn't got the most vital piece of information he needed in order to capture the blaggers bang to rights.
See also: bang, right

bang to ˈrights

(British English) (American English dead to ˈrights) (informal) in the act of committing a crime, so that you cannot claim to be innocent: We’ve got you bang to rights handling stolen property.
See also: bang, right
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And yet, once again, we have them bang to rights following the news that Merseyside councils will lose up to 5% of the money they need to spend on services - a figure which is nearly double the national average.
They could and should have made this announcement days ago when they submitted papers into court on the Virgin challenge and when it must have been blindingly obvious they were bang to rights.
Terry and Ferdinand both admitted, on oath, using offensive, insulting and/or abusive language to an opponent so the FA has them bang to rights.
If you're caught bang to rights with stolen goods all you have to do is say "It wasn't me, guv
You can argue all you want about the stupidity and ill-conceived case that the BHA brought - don't pursue any crooks unless you have them bang to rights.
Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat constitutional affairs spokesman, said: "The police and the Crown Prosecution Service have been caught bang to rights.
The thief was caught bang to rights and I even managed to recover the handbag although the barrister's credit cards were missing.
They are hardly likely to hold up their hands and say: 'Okay guv, you've got me bang to rights.
A HEROIN dealer told police "you've got me bang to rights, mate" when he was caught with bags of the drug.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne said: "George Osborne has been caught bang to rights plotting another secret raid on hard-pressed pensioners.
And even though Canaries manager Paul Lambert conceded there was "no malice" in the tackle, Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd admits referee Chris Sarginson has them bang to rights.