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surefire

[ shoor-fahyuhr, shur- ]
/ ˈʃʊərˌfaɪər, ˈʃɜr- /
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adjective

sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.

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Origin of surefire

First recorded in 1915–20; sure + fire
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sure-fire

adjective

(usually prenominal) informal certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured
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