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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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  • It was a surefire way of reminding the captains that men and frogs were brothers under the skin.

    The Mississippi Saucer Frank Belknap Long
Word Origin and History for surefire
adj.

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

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