sure·​fire ˈshu̇r-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce surefire (audio)
: certain to get successful or expected results
a surefire recipe

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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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surefire was in 1846

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“Surefire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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sure·​fire ˌshu̇r-ˌfī(ə)r How to pronounce surefire (audio)
: certain to get results
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