sure·​fire | \ ˈshu̇r-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce surefire (audio) , ˈshər- \

Definition of surefire

: certain to get successful or expected results a surefire recipe

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Examples of surefire in a Sentence

The movie is a surefire hit with teenagers. There is no surefire way to predict the outcome.
Recent Examples on the Web Behind-the-scenes videos are a surefire way to garner attention. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Alejandro, 29, was one straight man who thought muscle pics would be a surefire way to rake in matches from straight women. Serena Smith,, 15 Aug. 2021 For now, there's no surefire way to measure one's own immunity to the virus, despite a focus on antibodies. Michael Nedelman, CNN, 31 July 2021 Someone is going to end up with the chance to mold him into a surefire NBA draft pick. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Remember that joining the race to the bottom is a surefire way to go broke. Peter Boolkah, Forbes, 14 June 2021 There's really no surefire way to prevent against these growths or spots on your skin. Madison Yauger,, 10 June 2021 As one league executive said, expecting to emerge from the NFL draft with a surefire long-term starter at quarterback is like planning to board a return flight from Vegas with enough profit to buy a new car. Dan Wiederer,, 2 May 2021 In my opinion, professional rental management companies are a surefire buffer between owners and tenants. Expert Panel, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of surefire

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surefire was in 1846

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15 Sep 2021

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“Surefire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of surefire

: certain not to fail : sure to be successful


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