sure thing


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.


surely; for sure; O.K.

Origin of sure thing

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sure thing

Contemporary Examples of sure thing

Historical Examples of sure thing

  • Talk of loaded dice, or any of the sure-thing gambling devices!

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

  • The community pays the bill for the benefit of the sure-thing gambler.

    Exempting the Churches

    James F. Morton. Jr.

  • We have some sure-thing players with us, but he is not one of them.


    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • Uh course, I aim to beat him to it, but Happy never does like to have a sure-thing.

    The Happy Family

    Bertha Muzzy Bower

  • Denied a sure-thing victory They were forced to call off Their war—with violent internal results.

    The Final Figure

    Samuel Kimball Merwin

British Dictionary definitions for sure thing

sure thing


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


something guaranteed to be successful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with sure thing

sure thing


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]


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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