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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
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • But one sure thing, he said he'd look after me, an' he will.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • sure thing—if you've thought up that supper for me and Cap'n Dan'l.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Now, I've had friends who've been aldermen, and they say it's a sure thing, like shaking with your own dice.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It's no sure thing with these old 'chutes; they're probably rotten!

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • "sure thing; I was just about starting," he replied, instantly.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
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 thing

affirmation

Yes; certainly; willingly: Sure thing I'll go with you (1896+)

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

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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