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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Just 4 Fun Carnival’s Escape and Indulgence Breakfast Fete along with Red Unlimited Brunch are a sure thing and won’t disappoint. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 Oddly, the only sure thing in that group is Nkemdiche, but for all the wrong reasons. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Kyler Murray isn't the only Cardinals first-round pick with something to prove," 11 June 2019 The bill’s passage was not a sure thing, and the debate brought forward members of both parties who criticized the proposal for a variety of reasons., "Bill allowing bicyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs -- when safe to do so -- passes House," 25 June 2019 Meanwhile, Monday's City Council vote is not a sure thing. Patrick Brennan,, "Tuesday is 'judgment day' for FC Cincinnati's MLS bid, as city prepares to act on proposal," 16 Apr. 2018 There's no sure thing, mostly optimism for bigger scoring outputs from players like Young and Kaleb Wesson. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State basketball is about to feel the brunt of Thad Matta's recruiting losses: 2018-19 roster breakdown," 22 Mar. 2018 Unless things get really hairy between now and next week’s policy decision, another rate increase looks like a sure thing. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Warning Sign: Some Investors are Fighting the Fed," 11 Dec. 2018 Ahead of Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has few sure things. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 Instead, Cardi met up with Minaj at the Met Gala to make sure things were cool., "This Is What Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Were Talking About In That Viral Met Gala Photo," 9 May 2018

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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