sure as God made little green apples
sure as shooting
Most certainly, as in It’s going to snow tonight, sure as shooting, or That grizzly is sure as shooting going to make dinner out of us. This idiom has replaced the older sure as a gun, dating from the mid-1600s, a time when guns fired with far less certainty. [ Second half of 1800s ]
- Sure cure
A remedy that won’t fail, as in Hard work is a sure cure for brooding. Originating in the late 1800s as an advertising slogan (Dr. Keck’s Sure Cure for Catarrh; first recorded in 1881), this rhyming phrase was soon extended to other matters.
adjective, Older Use. 1. real; genuine.
adjective 1. sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme.
adjective 1. sure to work; foolproof: a surefire moneymaking scheme. adjective 1. (usually prenominal) (informal) certain to succeed or meet expectations; assured sure as shooting