sure thing


Definition of sure thing

: one that is certain to succeed : a sure bet

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he's a sure thing for the promotion: he's the most qualified candidate by far
Recent Examples on the Web The suspense surrounding best picture is also heightened, seemingly, by a sense that the acting races are pretty close to sure things. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Oscars predictions: The message a win by each best-picture nominee would send," 5 Feb. 2020 The performance has made Phoenix a virtual sure thing for the best actor Oscar. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Joker' doesn't deserve best picture Oscar, but it's a sympton of what ails 2020 America," 26 Jan. 2020 Even a sure thing may suddenly change at the last moment, so be patient until the results are in. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 25, 2020: Gemini, tune out and turn off; Capricorn, don’t change anything," 25 Jan. 2020 Of all the remaining teams in the postseason, the Chiefs are the closest thing to a sure thing. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Why you should bet on Kansas City Chiefs to win AFC Championship," 17 Jan. 2020 Popovich is not the first sure thing to put it off. Mike Finger,, "For now, Gregg Popovich makes Hall wait," 20 Dec. 2019 The state has not hit the necessary benchmarks each year, so a tax cut has been no sure thing from one January to the next., "Voters passed a tax cut. Lawmakers balked. Twenty years later, it’s finally here - The Boston Globe," 14 Dec. 2019 In the third quarter Sunday, facing a 4th and 1, the Raiders tried what had been a sure thing all season. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ jets cooled in 34-3 loss to New York," 24 Nov. 2019 When dealing with international trade — as with many things in business — sometimes what’s needed most is simply a sure thing. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democrats need a win on trade.," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sure thing

1767, in the meaning defined above

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9 Feb 2020

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“Sure thing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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