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sure-enough

[shoo r-i-nuhf, shur-] /ˈʃʊər ɪˈnʌf, ˈʃɜr-/
adjective, Older Use.
1.
real; genuine.
Origin of sure-enough
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45
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  • We done it, and there was the sure-enough water right under us!

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Only today he said that he's livin' in a palace with a sure-enough butler to buttle.

  • Felicia's given me a sure-enough present, haven't you, little girl?

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • "By dog, you give a sure-enough good show," exploded Ellison.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • It seems, however, that they had not come to the real, sure-enough Finis.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • I've got a sure-enough headache—I didn't come over to quiz you.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • He had really been under fire, with "sure-enough bullets" singing about his ears!

  • My wife—if I ever have one—is going to be my sure-enough wife, and my children, my children.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • If there ever was a sure-enough Wild Westerner it was Petey that afternoon.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • If she could speak pleasant, wouldnt that be ruling her spirit, real, sure-enough.

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