Moviesville (maddie_hayes) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Phrase clarification

In a last year Economist issue I stumbled on an article which was headlined 'The American presidency is Hillary Clinton's to lose.'
Since then I've come across the structure 'his to win/ to lose /etc.' quite a few times.
I've smugly presumed that it means 'it depends on a person whether something happens or not, that it's up to them, etc.' If I'm wrong, please correct me. If right, I wonder whether it is a lot more emphatic than a regular 'it depends on him', 'it's up to her', etc.

Your thoughts and reflections would be very much appreciated.
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