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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Synonyms & Antonyms for surefire


can't-miss, certain, fail-safe, infallible, sure, unfailing



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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.

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Keep in mind: These folks want to appear as normal as possible and musical talents is a surefire great ice breaker. Emily Heil,, "Pete Buttigieg plays the didgeridoo and other unexpected musical talents of the 2020 candidates," 8 Aug. 2019 Reducing the number of flights is one of the few surefire ways to curb emissions in the meantime. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 Entering his first year at Texas State, Spavital doesn’t have the luxury of a surefire star behind center. Greg Luca,, "Texas State continues search for starting quarterback as fall camp opens," 31 July 2019 And believe me -- oh never mind) -- is a surefire selection in his side. Glen Levy, CNN, "Confessions of a Fantasy Premier League addict," 30 July 2019 Launching a new initiative is also a surefire way to stoke financial tensions on college campuses. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "A vaunted program for boosting the diversity of U.S. academic scientists is starting to spread," 24 July 2019 One surefire way to affect change was to hit power centers in their pocketbooks. Byron Mccauley,, "Tracie Hunter case: A miscarriage of justice or something else?," 22 July 2019 From the mink coats of Joe Namath and Walt Frazier to Allen Iverson’s baggy retro jerseys, pregame fashion was always a surefire way to attract attention. Alex Prewitt,, "How Athletes Are Turning Arena Entrances into Fashion Shows," 22 July 2019 The Lion King’s remake presented Beyoncé with the chance to participate in a surefire cultural phenomenon without having to spend too much time in the voice-acting studio. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé Remixed the Meaning of The Lion King," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of surefire

1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of surefire

informal : certain not to fail : sure to be successful

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a haphazard or makeshift solution

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