sure thing


Definition of sure thing

: one that is certain to succeed : a sure bet

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Synonyms for sure thing


cinch, lock, shoo-in, slam dunk

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Examples of sure thing in a Sentence

he's a sure thing for the promotion: he's the most qualified candidate by far

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Unless things get really hairy between now and next week’s policy decision, another rate increase looks like a sure thing. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Warning Sign: Some Investors are Fighting the Fed," 11 Dec. 2018 Ahead of Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has few sure things. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 Instead, Cardi met up with Minaj at the Met Gala to make sure things were cool., "This Is What Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Were Talking About In That Viral Met Gala Photo," 9 May 2018 Requiring someone who's not feeling well to call around to find their replacement doesn't seem like the best way to make sure things get covered at work. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Ask HR: Can my boss require me to find a substitute for days I'm sick or taking a holiday?," 1 May 2018 Lobbying against the bill by internet giants was said to be so intense that even after EU members gave their provisional support, passage wasn’t viewed as a sure thing Tuesday. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "EU parliament backs copyright bill targeting US tech giants," 27 Mar. 2019 No sure thing No matter how successful the artist, there’s a lot of insecurity. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "He Sells His Paintings—From Fair to Fair," 25 Nov. 2018 Candid communication is essential to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Veronica Mitchell,, "Ask Veronica — Walk a mental mile in their shoes," 16 May 2018 But what seems now like a sure thing was then only a vague idea. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "It’s an It Girl! The Birth of ‘Sex and the City’," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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