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.
The Founders had a sure-fire way to get out the vote: get out the booze.
A sure-fire draft pick turned into a 50-50 chance, and then a suspenseful wait through the final rounds of the NFL draft.
Crystal is always a sure-fire talk-show guest and he proved an ideal choice.
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|Megan McArdle|March 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Pratts Lice Salve is a sure-fire lice killer in another form.
Even the apparently "sure-fire" one may deliver a disturbing kick to its perpetrator.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
"Sure-fire hit," Mr. Rooney pronounced, as he spat on the stage floor behind the curtain.Blue-grass and Broadway|Maria Thompson Daviess
He could picture her glutinous satisfaction as she re-read her scenario and gloated over its sure-fire qualities.The Girl on the Boat|Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
It's a sure-fire cinch she'll never give you one of them salutes she hints at when she comes home ef she knows you backed out.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn