- 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
Examples from the Web for sure thing
Just ask Eddie Murphy, who lost his “sure-thing” Oscar following back-to-back dud speeches for Dreamgirls.The SAG Awards Best Speeches…And What They Mean for Oscar
January 19, 2014
Turns out McCain took the right-leaning pro-Israel world's sure-thing, and cast it aside.McCain Scuttles "Pro-Israel" Nomination
December 13, 2012
The passage of health-care reform will suddenly shift from sure-thing to nail-biter.Stop the Feminist Guilt Trip
January 15, 2010
Talk of loaded dice, or any of the sure-thing gambling devices!Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
The community pays the bill for the benefit of the sure-thing gambler.Exempting the Churches
James F. Morton. Jr.
We have some sure-thing players with us, but he is not one of them.Fore!
Charles Emmett Van Loan
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
Denied a sure-thing victory They were forced to call off Their war—with violent internal results.The Final Figure
Samuel Kimball Merwin
- (sentence substitute) mainly US all right! yes indeed! used to express enthusiastic assent
- something guaranteed to be successful
Idioms and Phrases with 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.