sure thing

noun

Definition of sure thing

: one that is certain to succeed : a sure bet

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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
Recent Examples on the Web After all, while there have been promising signs that some already authorized COVID-19 vaccines might cut infectiousness, this is not yet a sure thing. David Meyer, Fortune, "A ‘fast lane’ for the vaccinated? Europe inches closer to COVID-19 vaccine passports," 26 Feb. 2021 Markets never move in straight lines, yet suddenly everyone seems to believe that rising rates are a sure thing. Brett Owens, Forbes, "10-Year Rate Rising: Income Winners And Losers," 25 Feb. 2021 Whether that happens isn’t a sure thing: Rules prevent conference rivals from facing off early in the tournament and the S curve — the NCAA helpfully put out a specific explanation of this term — often gets broken up. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The NCAA Tournament bracket is going to be trickier than usual this season. Here’s how it’s going to work.," 19 Feb. 2021 Whether that happens isn't a sure thing: Rules prevent conference rivals from facing off early in the tournament and the S curve — the NCAA helpfully put out a specific explanation of this term — often gets broken up. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: A trickier NCAA bracket in this unusual season," 19 Feb. 2021 Potential victims might spot one of these hot stocks via Facebook, Twitter, an unexpected email or a phone call out of the blue that touts the next sure thing. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Rising cases of COVID-19 stock scams threaten investors," 26 Dec. 2020 His remarks may be the clearest sign that extension isn’t a sure thing. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Texas schools need to show efforts in finding missing students to secure millions in funding, some lawmakers say," 27 Jan. 2021 The sector’s ability to ramp up production rapidly means the high prices that historically resulted from big cuts to capital expenditure no longer look to be such a sure thing. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Oil’s Recovery Is No Sure Thing," 11 Dec. 2020 Lending money to shopkeepers, landlords and hoteliers in places such as Times Square or SoHo used to be considered almost a sure thing. Washington Post, "Live updates: Hospitalizations hit all-time high as U.S. sets another record with 145,000 new infections," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sure thing was in 1767

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3 Mar 2021

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“Sure thing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sure%20thing. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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