[shoo r-fahyuh r, shur-]
- sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.
Origin of surefire
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Examples from the Web for sure-fire
After all, there is only one sure-fire message that I can send by putting a Coexist sticker on the back of my car.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
The Founders had a sure-fire way to get out the vote: get out the booze.Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
A sure-fire draft pick turned into a 50-50 chance, and then a suspenseful wait through the final rounds of the NFL draft.Michael Sam Makes NFL History At Last
May 11, 2014
Crystal is always a sure-fire talk-show guest and he proved an ideal choice.Jay Leno Cries It Out
February 7, 2014
Implemented at a national scale, fiat pricing does not seem to be a sure-fire strategy for holding down cost growth.Can the Government Control Health Care Costs By Fiat
March 1, 2013
“The program pictures are sure-fire, I suppose,” the girl admitted.
That mind of his is too sure-fire to hang on so desperately to a mere dream.The Man Who Fell Through the Earth
"Sure-fire hit," Mr. Rooney pronounced, as he spat on the stage floor behind the curtain.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
“No amateur screen actress—and that is all Wonota is as yet—is ever a ‘sure-fire hit’, as you call it,” said the practical Ruth.
It's a sure-fire case against you, Larry—and it'll mean five to ten years if you're caught.Children of the Whirlwind
- (usually prenominal) informal certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured
Word Origin and History for sure-fire
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