sure thing


noun

something that is or is supposed to be a certain success, as a bet or a business venture: He thinks that real estate is a sure thing.
something assured; certainty: It's a sure thing that he'll refuse to cooperate.

interjection

surely; for sure; O.K.

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Origin of sure thing

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for sure thing

sure thing
/ informal /

adverb

(sentence substitute) mainly US all right! yes indeed! used to express enthusiastic assent

noun

something guaranteed to be successful
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Idioms and Phrases with sure thing

sure thing

1

a sure thing. A certainty, as in Making the bestseller list has been a sure thing for Stephen King. This usage originally alluded to a bet that one could not lose. [First half of 1800s]

2

Yes indeed, certainly, as in Are you coming tonight?—Sure thing! This use of the idiom as an interjection dates from the late 1800s.

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