all but certain to

idiom

: almost sure to
He's all but certain to say no.

Examples of all but certain to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers are all but certain to claw back some $30 billion in unspent COVID-19 funds now that the pandemic emergency has officially been lifted. Mary Clare Jalonick, Fortune, 27 May 2023 The cuts contained in the package were all but certain to be too modest to win the votes of hard-line fiscal conservatives in the House. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 25 May 2023 Its power is extremely concentrated in Silicon Valley, among giants such as Google and Meta, and that is where the economic benefits are all but certain to accrue. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2023 Quarterback Matthew Stafford is all but certain to miss the rest of the season with a bruised spinal cord. Greg Beacham, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Dec. 2022 If a Democratic candidate does not enter the special election for state Senate, the winner of the Republican primary is all but certain to become the next new member of the Senate. Molly Beck, Journal Sentinel, 5 Dec. 2022 Most Democratic senators' states have Democratic governors, who are all but certain to appoint Democrats should vacancies occur. Alan Fram, ajc, 5 Feb. 2022 Some moderate and conservative lawmakers are cold to the idea of taking a politically difficult vote to endorse more federal debt on a bill that is all but certain to stall in the Senate amid Republican opposition. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 The jobs picture is all but certain to improve in a year when people are getting vaccinated and states are opening their economies. Andy Puzder, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2021

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“All but certain to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20but%20certain%20to. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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