\ˈshu̇r-ə-ˈnəf, ˈshər-\

Definition of sure-enough 

(Entry 1 of 2)

sure enough


Definition of sure enough (Entry 2 of 2)

: as one might expect : certainly

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And sure enough, the males in almost all of these species have much higher testosterone than the females. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 And, sure enough, the whole concept of an individual who exists apart from group identity is slipping from the discourse. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "We All Live on Campus Now," 9 Feb. 2018 And sure enough, within seconds, Olivia somehow hoists herself herself over the crib and shimmies down to the ground. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Quintuplet Parents Struggle to Contain Their 'Little Escape Artist' as She Climbs Out of Crib," 10 July 2018 And sure enough, Trippier struck just five minutes into the game on a gorgeous direct free kick (that keeper Danijel Subasic perhaps could have done a bit more on to save). Grant Wahl,, "Persistent Croatia Comes Back on England to Secure First World Cup Final Berth," 11 July 2018 The idea is to support research that is simply not a sure enough bet for more traditional funding bodies, Wellcome’s director, Dr. Jeremy Farrar, told STAT in an interview. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Research charity launches $330M initiative to fund high-risk life sciences projects," 9 July 2018 And on the right, sure enough: a young, apparently unenthused Harris wearing the pink underwear. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Trust, brotherhood and pink underwear: USS Phoenix submarine vets reflect on life at sea," 27 June 2018 And sure enough, story was the focus of our Dying Light II demo. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Dying Light 2 builds more heart and brains into one of the best zombie games ever," 15 June 2018 That proved to be a big mistake, as sure enough a former client sued. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Loss of Life Advocates guides loved ones through tangled affairs of death," 13 May 2018

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circa 1846, in the meaning defined above


circa 1545, in the meaning defined above

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