It`s in the bag!….

 

In The Bag is a phrase used to describe something of an absolute certain outcome. Since the beginning of the English Parliament, tradition has it that all petitions brought before the House of Commons, which had a successful outcome, would be placed by the Speaker in a large velvet bag hung from the back of the Speaker’s chair.

Therefore politicians, or reporters, describing a petition as ‘in the bag’ would be confirming its favourable outcome. The bag, although now only symbolic, still hangs behind the Speaker’s chair.

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