\ ˈshu̇r-ə-ˈnəf How to pronounce sure-enough (audio) , ˈshər-\

Definition of sure-enough

 (Entry 1 of 2)

sure enough


Definition of sure enough (Entry 2 of 2)

: as one might expect : certainly

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sure-enough

Synonyms: Adjective

authentic, bona fide, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, true

Antonyms: Adjective

bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

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Tight Central race: Many figured the NL Central would be a tight race this year, and sure enough, only 5½ games separated the first-place Brewers and fifth-place Reds entering play Wednesday. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 3, Brewers 0: Offense has no answers for Sonny Gray, who dominates for eight innings," 3 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now And sure enough, on the tour’s first stop—Venice, an ancient city of incomparable beauty—an angry monster appears, his battering limbs, his unstoppable torso, his roaring head all made of dirty canal water. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 28 June 2019 And sure enough, this year’s luminaries did not disappoint. Mekita Rivas,, "All The BET Awards Red Carpet Looks That Made Us Do A Double Take," 25 June 2019 Then there is the political competition between Christian Democrats, Socialists, free-market liberals and even Greens to make sure enough of their colors shine through. Washington Post, "EU leaders set for major battle over bloc’s top jobs," 20 June 2019 Then there is the political competition between the conservative European People’s Party, the Socialists, free-market liberals and even the Greens to make sure enough of their concerns shine through. Washington Post, "EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30," 20 June 2019 With a lighting change and a familiar Harry Potter theme playing over the speakers, the boxes, sure enough, magically levitated and cleared the way for riders to experience Universal’s newest adventure. Patrick Connolly,, "Universal: New Harry Potter world ride draws Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, other actors," 11 June 2019 And, sure enough, a few hours before news broke about the split, Irina was spotted quietly carrying a heavy suitcase and some other bags out of their L.A. home. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ouch—Irina Shayk Was Spotted Carrying a Suitcase Hours Before the Bradley Cooper Split News Broke," 7 June 2019 And, sure enough, all of the competitors from round 17 made it to the end. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A historic win. The National Spelling Bee has not one -- but 8 champions," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of sure-enough


circa 1846, in the meaning defined above


circa 1545, in the meaning defined above

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to form ideas or theories about something

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