sure-fire

surefire

[shoor-fahyuhr, shur-]
adjective
sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.

Origin:
1915–20; sure + fire

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sure-fire
 
adj
informal (usually prenominal) certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured

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surefire definition


  1. mod.
    certain; effective; fail-safe. (Alludes to a gun that will always fire.) : I've got a surefire method for fixing cracks in drywall.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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