sure thing


Definition of sure thing 

: one that is certain to succeed : a sure bet

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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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 That doesn't mean any of them are sure things, though. Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY, "Sean Payton: No Luck or Wentz in 2018 draft," 16 Apr. 2018 For those trying to navigate a changing auto industry, there are few sure things. Alex Davies, WIRED, "SF Motors Brings the Latest Electric SUV to Challenge Tesla," 28 Mar. 2018 Of course, your DIRTYBIRD Camp Counselors Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Christian Martin, Worthy and Ardalan will be there to make sure things get out of hand. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Mark Ronson, Chris Lake, Slick Rick & More Lead Dirtybird Campout West 2018 Lineup," 10 July 2018 So here are five sure things, the five safest bets at the Silent Film Festival. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "5 safest bets at the Silent Film Festival," 23 May 2018 Orion Span said Aurora Station will be able to accommodate four guests at a time, plus two crew members to make sure things go smoothly. NBC News, "This luxury space hotel could be up and running in four years," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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