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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The movie is a surefire hit with teenagers. There is no surefire way to predict the outcome.
Recent Examples on the Web Walking into a dessert shop of any kind is a surefire way to pleasantly ignite the senses. Dalila Thomas, Dallas News, "Bitter Sweet: Dallas dessert shops are adapting with new flavors, cheesecake machines and horchata," 11 Aug. 2020 Even moving outside wouldn’t be a surefire way to keep students safe, said Dr. Nick Dreher, an internal medicine and pediatrics specialist at MetroHealth. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Could Northeast Ohio schools hold classes outdoors to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus?," 5 Aug. 2020 Still, if there's a surefire way of getting Facebook's attention, vocal complaints by big advertisers rank high. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "More advertisers fleeing Facebook as boycott grows," 29 June 2020 Expecting someone to be always available is a surefire way to sow resentment. Whizy Kim,, "“A Lot Of Responses Seem More Aggressive”: How To Peacefully Solve Your Remote Coworker Conflicts," 21 May 2020 One surefire way to help your favorite restaurant make it through quarantine is to buy takeout. Soleil Ho,, "The best takeout and delivery spots in the South Bay and Peninsula," 30 May 2020 Getting hitched while either of these planets is tracking backwards is a surefire way to end up in a loveless, sexless union, according to Miller, founder of Astrology Zone. Molly Longman,, "Astrologer Susan Miller Tried To Warn Us About The 2020 Wedding Season," 13 May 2020 Even with supplements, taking care of your health in a holistic way is a surefire way to encourage hair growth. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster, According to Hairstylists," 6 May 2020 Bake an easy cake One surefire way to commemorate the day is by baking a glorious cake. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "A Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Birthdays at Home," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of surefire

1846, in the meaning defined above

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21 Aug 2020

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“Surefire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of surefire

informal : certain not to fail : sure to be successful

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