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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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 Live shrimp under a rattling popping cork is the sure thing, but artificial shrimp like the Egret Vudu Shrimp also works. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 15 Mar. 2018 The only sure thing is that MU is teetering on the edge. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NCAA Selection Sunday will be a tense one for Marquette," 9 Mar. 2018 That may not be a sure thing, as Comcast is now in the bidding, too. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "More Netflix rivals are about to launch thanks to the AT&T-Time Warner merger," 15 June 2018 Haskins was at the very least the frontrunner, if not the sure thing, to start in the fall, and proof of that lies is Burrow's departure. Tim Bielik,, "Former Ohio State offensive lineman Matthew Burrell transferring to Sam Houston State," 8 May 2018 Both men said their goal was simply to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 But considering the fact that Oliver—who had 16.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore—is as dominant or more dominant at Houston than Donald was at Pittsburgh, Oliver might be the surest thing in the draft. Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 If anyone thinks Game 7 will be a sure thing for Golden State, go back and watch the first 24 minutes of Game 6. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors roll in schizophrenic Game 6 performance," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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