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sure thing

noun
1.
something that is or is supposed to be a certain success, as a bet or a business venture:
He thinks that real estate is a sure thing.
2.
something assured; certainty:
It's a sure thing that he'll refuse to cooperate.
interjection
3.
surely; for sure; O.K.
Origin of sure thing
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • Rockville, on the other hand, wore a happy smile, as if the victory was already a sure thing.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • But one sure thing, he said he'd look after me, an' he will.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Ned Foster would never have advised me to put my all on Averstone unless he knew it was a sure thing.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • "sure thing; I was just about starting," he replied, instantly.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • It's almost a sure thing thet Leslie an' old Bent got out safe, though they must be doin' some tall worryin' about you.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for sure thing

sure thing

adverb
1.
(sentence substitute) (mainly US) all right! yes indeed! used to express enthusiastic assent
noun
2.
something guaranteed to be successful
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Slang definitions & phrases for sure thing

sure as you're a foot high

adverb phrase

sure as shooting (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with sure thing

sure thing

1.
a sure thing. A certainty, as in Making the bestseller list has been a sure thing for Stephen King. This usage originally alluded to a bet that one could not lose. [ First half of 1800s ]
2.
Yes indeed, certainly, as in Are you coming tonight?—Sure thing! This use of the idiom as an interjection dates from the late 1800s.
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