sure·fire | \ˈshu̇r-ˈfī(-ə)r, 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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At the present juncture, a surefire way to alienate the groups a Republican nominee needs would be to ignore their heartfelt demands for Supreme Court nominees. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Here are 31 surefire ways to not be naked this July. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "31 Ways to Conquer Summer Style This July," 1 July 2018 From being overly pessimistic, England is now woefully overconfident, which is a surefire path to heartache if things don’t turn out as expected. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England's World Cup run is magical but the fans need to chill out," 7 July 2018 Smallwood was a surefire tackler in his UConn days. Christopher Hanna,, "Three Huskies Nominated For American Athletic Conference Fifth Anniversary Team," 2 July 2018 James McCann: Not likely McCann hasn’t progressed quite like the industry expected and can’t be viewed as a surefire No. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers trade deadline: Who's likely leaving, sticking around," 26 June 2018 Others learned the likely outcome of public, potentially market-moving polls before they were published, offering surefire trades. Cam Simpson,, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 But just adding modern features and fun amenities hasn’t been a surefire strategy for convincing local governments and financing sources that new malls are needed. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Florida Officials Approve Plan to Build Largest U.S. Mall," 19 June 2018 The most surefire way to avoid sea bather’s eruption is to stay out of the water. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of surefire

: certain not to fail : sure to be successful

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a state of commotion or excitement

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