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Dr. Higgs- the J.D.Salinger of physics- has already let it be known that he will not be available in any form on Tuesday. But if you believe the odds makers, the news media and the self-appointed prognosticaotrs, Dr. Higgs is a lock to join the immortals on Tuesday around 5:45 am Eastern Daylight Time, when this year's Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced. (Tiny Particle Looms Large on Eve of Top Physics Prize,NY Times Oct,8 th,2013)

Hi, everyone!

What's the meaning by lock here? Thanks

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