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surefire

[shoo r-fahyuh r, shur-] /ˈʃʊərˌfaɪər, ˈʃɜr-/
adjective
1.
sure to work; foolproof:
a surefire moneymaking scheme.
Origin of surefire
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20; sure + fire
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sure-fire

adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) (informal) certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured
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Word Origin and History for sure-fire

surefire

adj.

also sure-fire, by 1864, American English, from sure + fire (v.). Originally of rifles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sure-fire

adjective

Unfailing; certain to succeed, happen, etc: His election is a sure-fire thing (1901+)

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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