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bang to rights Explained

bang to rights at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* banged to rights

Etymology 1

From reinterpretation of Inter: term » bang||completely + Inter: term » to rights||properly


Inter: head » en|phrase|head=bang to rights
  • Inter: &lit » bang (adverb), to rights
    1. 2004, Brian S. McWilliams, Spam Kings, O’Reilly Media (2005), ISBN 978-0-596-00732-4, page 69:
    2. : Once, after a spammer trolled Nanae, accusing antis of having no life, Mad Pierre sarcastically responded that the spammer was correct. ¶ “Damn, you’ve got us bang to rights. We have no lives. None. At all.”
    3. Inter: quote-book » title=Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press|page=479|author=Neil Pearson|year=2007|passage=Tyler tries to dismiss Vidal's characterization of him as a pseudo-intellectual buffoon, but succeeds only in demonstrating that Vidal had him bang to rights.
    4. Inter: quote-book » title=The gate of air|author=James Buchan|year=2008|passage=He wished he were in London, where a girl in a minicab would set him bang to rights.
    5. Inter: idiomati » c Red-handed.
      * dead to rights

      Etymology 2

      From reinterpretation of Inter: term » bang||completely as Inter: term » bang||to handle noisily or violently


      Inter: head » en|verb|head=bang to rights

  • Inter: rare » British|idiomatic To have sufficient, undisputable evidence that a person's actions are generally perceived to be wrong; to catch red-handed.
  • 2007 May 26, The Week, 615, 6:
  • : Good week for: Cyclists, after Britain's most prolific bicycle thief was banged to rights.
  • Inter: quote-news » title=Batman turns air blue in Terminator tantrum|work=Belfast Telegraph|date=February 4|year=2009|passage=His alter-ego Batman utters nothing more provocative than the occasional “holy smoke” as he bangs adversaries to rights
  • Inter: quote-book » title=Dead Simple|author=Peter James|year=2010|passage=He'd been untouchable for the past decade, but now Roy Grace had finally banged him to rights.

  • Inter: rfquote » bangs/banging/banged to rights?