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British pronunciation/dˈɛd tə ɹˈaɪts/
American pronunciation/dˈɛd tə ɹˈaɪts/
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in a situation that undeniably proves someone to be guilty of a crime or wrongdoing

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dead to rights definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "dead to rights" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "dead to rights" is believed to be rooted in American English, and it has been in use since the early 20th century. It is typically used in informal or colloquial language, particularly in discussions related to law enforcement, crime, or situations involving catching someone in the act.

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Once the auditors complete their investigation, they are likely to catch several employees dead to rights for embezzlement.
I catch my brother red-handed stealing cookies from the jar, and he knows he's dead to rights.
The auditors are investigating the company's financial records and have found evidence that puts some employees dead to rights.
The undercover agent will gather enough evidence to put the entire smuggling ring dead to rights.
The prosecution presented the incriminating video footage, putting the defendant dead to rights during the trial.
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