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have a lock on something

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have a lock on something

verb phrase

To be assured of some result; be certain of success: Catholics constantly yearn for moral conviction, and Mr Powell's got a lock on that

[1970s+; fr lock, ''a wrestling hold'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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