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mortal lock

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mortal lock

noun phrase

A certainty; cinch, sure thing: Brown is what bettors would call a mortal lock to win/ a mortal lock to get on the front page

[1950s+ Gambling; fr a wrestling hold]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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