A few weeks ago, after Donald Trump locked down the Republican presidential nomination, a series of polls showed him roughly even with or a bit ahead of Hillary Clinton, and Democrats went into a slight panic.
Last week, after Mrs. Clinton had locked down the Democratic nomination, a series of polls showed Mr. Trump falling well behind Mrs. Clinton, in two cases by 12 percentage points, and Republicans went into full-scale panic.
Or do you lock it up?
Up or down? A prison is locked down in an emergency, keeping inmates locked up. It’s a lock, claims the supposed winner of anything.
If locked down, does each candidate lock everything up? Is he or she locked in? When is a lock not a lock? When a candidate claims victory but then loses.