sure of oneself

Self-confident, as in Now that Mary's graduated she's much more sure of herself. This expression uses sure in the sense of “confident” or “secure,” a usage dating from the mid-1400s.


Nearby words

  1. surd,
  2. sure,
  3. sure as shooting,
  4. sure cure,
  5. sure enough,
  6. sure thing,
  7. sure-enough,
  8. sure-fire,
  9. sure-footed,
  10. sure-handed

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