dead to rights


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dead to rights

Definitely guilty of a crime or other misdeed; caught in the act. Thanks to footage from the security cameras, the police were able to catch the burglars dead to rights.
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(bang) dead to rights

in the act; (guilty) without question. We caught her dead to rights with the loot still on her. There he was, bang dead to rights with the smoking gun still in his hands.
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dead to rights

In the act of committing an error or crime, red-handed. For example, They caught the burglars dead to rights with the Oriental rugs. This phrase uses to rights in the sense of "at once." [Slang; mid-1800s]
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dead to rights

verb
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dead to rights

In the very act of making an error or committing a crime: The police caught the thief dead to rights with my silverware.
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No matter how skillful the side- shuffle, his unforgiving political enemies have him dead to rights.
Lindberg scored easily, but perfect throws from left fielder Andrew Mulready to third baseman Evan Burns to catcher Mike Spates had pinch runner David Belsito dead to rights at the plate.
As regards gameplay - well, there can't be many who haven't played Max Payne or Dead To Rights.
The cover screamed out Max Payne - but Dead to Rights has just enough subtle differences to make it a good game.