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dead cert

noun phrase

A certainty; a foregone conclusion; sure thing: Given Mamet's Shavian morality, it was a dead cert that one of his heroes would wind up in Hell/ Just why a dead cinch should be the securest of any, I confess I do not know (first form fr horse racing 1889+, second fr cowboys 1893+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • It, at any rate, is a chance, but the other was a dead cert.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • I know something that's safe to win, bar accidents—a dead cert, sir!

    Lyre and Lancet F. Anstey
  • I thought when once a clever boxer gave his honor on a thing it was a dead cert.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • He'll be sitting in my study when I get home, for a dead cert.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • They'll stop to hunt all about the place where they lose our trail, and then they'll follow up the pony for a dead cert.

    Jack Haydon's Quest John Finnemore
  • I know something that's safe to win, bar accidents—a dead cert, Sir!

  • "One of their strafed raiders coming here to roost for a dead cert," quoth the Hon. Derek.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman

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