in the bag


in the bag
   1. taken as a prisoner of war
   Sporting imagery, referring to what the hunter shoots and carries away:
    Tell him if he tries to stick it out, he'll only end in the bag. (Manning, 1977, writing about the Second World War)
   2. American
   drunk
   Like a hunted animal which has no hope of escape:
    He had a shotgun next to the chair, and he was half in the bag from booze. (Clancy, 1989)

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