What does dead to rights mean?

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  1. (US, idiomatic) With sufficient evidence to establish responsibility definitively.
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When you find a crapaud who is dead to rights, he is always an out and outer.
I raised our profile so high that the F. B. I.'s got us dead to rights.
As I watched his news conference, I thought to myself: somebody's got him dead to rights.
She says she caught yer dead to rights, huggin' a bunch o' calico in de hot-house.
Because of the video replay, the ref had him dead to rights on the penalty.
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin had Holliday dead to rights and threw to third.

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