have a lock on

idiom

: to be assured of (something)
He appears to have a lock on the nomination for governor.

Examples of have a lock on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the young do not have a lock on this trait, just as the old are not the only ones vulnerable to poor health. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 28 June 2024 President Joe Biden should have a lock on Viviana Ramos' vote. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2024 After a dominating run so far this election cycle, Trump is considered to have a lock on the Republican presidential nomination. Theresa Braine, New York Daily News, 3 Mar. 2024 Lena Brown is a recluse who doesn’t have a lock on her door and so sleeps with a hammer by her pillow. Alex Kotlowitz, The Atlantic, 3 Apr. 2024 Democrats have a lock on statewide races in the overwhelmingly blue state, and for months the speculation was that two prominent U.S. House members from that party, Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff, would battle it out until Election Day. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, 29 Feb. 2024 Old Dominion similarly continued to have a lock on the group of the year award, picking it up for the sixth consecutive year. Chris Willman, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 View Photos Today, minivans have a lock on 8 percent of the total vehicle market, hauling kids, plywood, and stuff that families used to carry in station wagons. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 Despite his hardware at third base, Urías doesn’t have a lock on the position, with preseason No. 1 prospect Gunnar Henderson also playing there. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 7 Apr. 2023

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“Have a lock on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20a%20lock%20on. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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