a sure thing


: the thing that is certain (to happen)
It's a sure thing that they'll win.

Examples of a sure thing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a first-time offender, jail time isn’t a sure thing. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 But repealing the near-total ban on abortions isn't a sure thing, even with newfound GOP support. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 An effective ban — which, again, is not a sure thing even if the bill becomes law — would mean at least three things for content creators. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Outside the Canucks, none of them are a sure thing. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 But there was the ultimate available classic actor, Al Pacino, nearly blowing the best picture reveal entirely, which could have been awful if Oppenheimer hadn’t been a sure thing. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 This year, Christopher Nolan and Oppenheimer are a sure thing, Mr. Williams said. Hallie Lieberman, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has expressed some skepticism, suggesting that being signed into law may not be a sure thing. Owen Tedford, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Linebacker With Leighton Vander Esch expected to retire and Damone Clark not considered a sure thing, the Cowboys will have revamp their entire linebacker corps in 2024. 2. Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Jan. 2024

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“A sure thing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20sure%20thing. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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