surefire

[ shoo r-fahyuh r, shur- ]
/ ˈʃʊərˌfaɪər, ˈʃɜr- /

adjective

sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.

Origin of surefire

First recorded in 1915–20; sure + fire
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surefire


adj.

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

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