sure thing


Definition of sure thing 

: one that is certain to succeed : a sure bet

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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 much like the fate of one’s immortal soul, the show’s success was by no means a sure thing. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 Belt and Road lending seemed a sure thing when the effort began under Mr. Xi in 2013. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 Graham would, in effect, wait the university out, pushing off a sure thing for the murkiest idea of a future. Joan Niesen,, "Devonte Graham and the Importance of Patience," 24 May 2018 Fulmer was more of a sure thing then, at least in the eyes of competing general managers. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers bet on Michael Fulmer can pay off in ace or prospects," 9 July 2018 Even if the initiative passes, California’s breakup is no sure thing. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Measure to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot," 12 June 2018 Nothing is a sure thing in horse racing, but Justify is the favorite for this year's Belmont Stakes, and rightfully so, after winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Tim Brown,, "Belmont Stakes 2018: Breaking down the field, who to bet and latest odds," 8 June 2018 After some soul-searching, Clemens resigned himself to the dead sure thing. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 The nominations for Dean, Scanlon, and Wild were no sure things — all prevailed in tough primary races. Jonathan Tamari,, "Analysis: Pennsylvania primary results reflect both sides of the Trump divide," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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