surefire

[shoo r-fahyuh r, shur-]

adjective

sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.

Nearby words

  1. sure thing,
  2. sure-enough,
  3. sure-fire,
  4. sure-footed,
  5. sure-handed,
  6. surefooted,
  7. surely,
  8. surety,
  9. suretyship,
  10. surf

Origin of surefire

First recorded in 1915–20; sure + fire

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British Dictionary definitions for sure-fire

sure-fire

adjective

(usually prenominal) informal certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured
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Word Origin and History for sure-fire

surefire

adj.

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

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