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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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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Still, even players with sparkling amateur careers like Spieth's aren't surefire bets to parlay that success into similar triumphs on the professional level. Daniel Rapaport,, "Best Masters Memories From the Past 20 Years: No. 3 - Jordan Spieth's Record Performance," 2 Apr. 2018 The floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Albemarle Street are another luxurious touch—and a surefire way to cure anyone's writer's block. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Brown's Hotel is London's Latest Social Media Magnet," 30 Apr. 2019 This is a surefire way to earn yourself a raging case of razor burn. Megan Gustashaw, Glamour, "So You Want to Shave Your Bikini Line...," 23 Mar. 2019 While there are no surefire ways to prevent these kinds of infections, the verdict is clear: Wiping front-to-back is an easy precaution that’s very much worth taking. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 There are infinite ways to ruin a good cup of coffee—the grind’s not right, the pour wasn’t steady enough, water’s too chilly—but the most surefire way to make a bad cup of coffee is to use bad beans. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Best Bags of Coffee You Can Buy Online," 10 Jan. 2018 From the standpoint of advancing human activity into the final frontier, neither side's position seems like a surefire winner right now. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A new report questions “viability” of plan to privatize the space station," 30 July 2018 Instead, a quick swap of, say, a favorite eyeliner shade or go-to lipstick finish is a surefire way to step out of one’s comfort zone. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Game-Changing Makeup Ideas for 2019, According to a Celebrity Makeup Artist," 21 Jan. 2019 Sure, going vegan is the most surefire way to decrease your carbon footprint—60 percent of agriculture’s massive greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy, and the sheer amount of livestock on the planet contributes to species die-offs. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 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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