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sure thing

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.
something assured; certainty:
It's a sure thing that he'll refuse to cooperate.
surely; for sure; O.K.
Origin of sure thing
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It drew tin horns and sure-thing gamblers as fresh meat draws flies.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • We have some sure-thing players with us, but he is not one of them.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • I wouldnt put it over on a friend—not for no amount; because its a sure-thing proposition.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Uh course, I aim to beat him to it, but Happy never does like to have a sure-thing.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • Talk of loaded dice, or any of the sure-thing gambling devices!

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Denied a sure-thing victory They were forced to call off Their war—with violent internal results.

    The Final Figure Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • The community pays the bill for the benefit of the sure-thing gambler.

    Exempting the Churches James F. Morton. Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for sure-thing

sure thing

(sentence substitute) (mainly US) all right! yes indeed! used to express enthusiastic assent
something guaranteed to be successful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with sure-thing

sure thing

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 ]
Yes indeed, certainly, as in Are you coming tonight?—Sure thing! This use of the idiom as an interjection dates from the late 1800s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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