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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From my experience as a dietitian, the only surefire way to prevent binging is to ease up on the restriction. SELF, "PSA: Healthy Eating Should Include Mental and Social Health, Too.," 11 Jan. 2019 His swagger is a surefire fit for major houses like Gucci and Versace. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Are the 15 Stars That Will Be Inspiring Fashion Designers in 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 Splinters are no fun and a surefire way to derail your otherwise productive day. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "What to Do with Cooped-Up Kids: Stack Wood," 23 Nov. 2018 Reducing pollutant sources is a surefire way to improve air quality. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Bringing the outdoors in is a surefire way to liven up a home instantly. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Obsessed With Plants? Make An Entire Moss Wall With These Easy Tiles," 1 Nov. 2018 Leading up to Ostroff’s official start date in August, analysts have framed the news as a surefire sign of Spotify’s enduring ambitions to grow into a multimedia and advertising hub beyond music. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 There’s a surefire DIY way to check your headlight alignment and get your lights back into shape. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust Your Headlights," 27 Sep. 2018 Because that's a surefire way to win over your estranged in-laws? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 18 Aug. 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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