- in the bag
1. : marked by evidence and surrounding circumstances that make the attainment of a given objective a virtual certainty : practically unquestionable : as good as already gained, acquired, or won : assured, certain
his nomination was in the bag— not often in formal use
was half in the bag and staggering slightly
* * *in the bagSecured or as good as secured• • •Main Entry: ↑bag
* * *informal1) (of something desirable) as good as secured
the election is in the bag2) drunk
I don't think my parents even suspected that I was half in the bag.
* * *in the baginformal : sure to happen
Their success was in the bag. [=guaranteed]: certain to be successful
We had the game in the bag [=sewn up] by the end of first half.
She seemed to have the election in the bag. [=she seemed sure to win the election]• • •Main Entry: ↑bag
Useful english dictionary. 2012.