sure as shooting

Idioms & Phrases

sure as shooting

Most certainly, as in It's going to snow tonight, sure as shooting, or That grizzly is sure as shooting going to make dinner out of us. This idiom has replaced the older sure as a gun, dating from the mid-1600s, a time when guns fired with far less certainty. [Second half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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sure as shooting

adjective
1. absolutely certain; "it is sure as shooting that they will come" 

adverb
1. definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely'); "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come" [syn: surely
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