Definition of cert in English:

cert

noun

British
informal
  • 1An event regarded as inevitable.

    ‘of course Mum would cry, it was a dead cert’
    • ‘You don't get much closer to a dead cert than that.’
    • ‘If York Wasps improve every week as much as in these last seven days, then a top half position come the end of the season will be a dead cert.’
    • ‘Morrissey and the Duranies are back in the charts; the 20th anniversary edition of Purple Rain was released last week; and Band Aid are already being tipped as a dead cert for the Christmas number one spot.’
    • ‘With a judging panel that included such luminaries as David Bailey, Sir Peter Saville, Mike Figgis, Jefferson Hack, Rhys Iffans and Rankin, it seems a dead cert that movers and shakers will be taking the winners seriously.’
    • ‘All of which means that The Producers in the West End is far from a dead cert, especially in a theatre capital that can be notoriously inimical to musicals applauded across the pond.’
    • ‘The blockbuster, which has earned more than £52m at the British box office, is being hyped as a dead cert for the best film honour, which would be the first for a fantasy film.’
    • ‘In fact, it's such a dead cert that one bookmaker is already paying out on Somethin’ Stupid hitting the top spot.’
    • ‘Of course the fact we've featured this album first might make you think this is a dead cert for the award.’
    • ‘Of course, it's a dead cert that guns will be stolen on the ground.’
    • ‘Easy guitar strumming, a touch of piano, pleasant harmonies and a memorable soaring falsetto in the chorus are all that are needed to make this a dead cert for qualification.’
    • ‘With a catchy chorus, jangly guitar and staccato drumbeats, this track sounds both ultramodern and nostalgic all at once, and is a dead cert to be the next single.’
    • ‘Brian Sullivan, Sky's director of consumer products and services, said: ‘We believe it is pretty much a dead cert that it will take off.’’
    • ‘That's the last time I stop applying for new jobs because I think this one is a dead cert.’
    • ‘It's actually a better bet that the next time the price of a barrel of oil has a two in it is when it hits $200-and it's a dead cert that high fuel prices are bumping up the price of everything with a transport component in it.’
    • ‘The crucial factor, though, is that the Government has promised not to increase the tax on gas, while a rise in petrol tax is a dead cert, even with the disappearance of the fuel price escalator.’
    • ‘According to Karl (who should know about these things), this is currently outselling every other record in the Top 20 put together, and is thus a dead cert for Number One on Sunday.’
    • ‘Furey would normally be considered a dead cert to be in the final 19 that go through to the 72-hole final at St Andrews Bay in August, but then again he wouldn't normally be required to go through qualifying.’
    • ‘A mile is 80 lengths, and if it wasn't closing I could probably have gone to 100 although it's a dead cert I'd regret it tomorrow.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter what you do or where you do it - if you get to a certain level in publishing, one thing is a cert: your photo on a column.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, I would have considered it a dead cert that this was going to be my favourite album of the year.’
    inevitability, necessity, foregone conclusion, predictable result, matter of course, racing certainty
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    1. 1.1 A racehorse strongly tipped to win a race.
      • ‘Big danger of her winning, but I'm still tipping Hungary, and for Malta to be a dead cert for top 4.’
      • ‘His thumbs up, as far as the book trade was concerned, was like a nudge in the local about a dead cert in the 2.30 at Newmarket.’
      • ‘Obviously they're all dead certs, and if (sorry, I mean when) all six come in this afternoon, you'll win about a hundred thousand.’
      • ‘They usually say something such as: ‘Hannan, you are an utterly useless eejit, who couldn't spot a dead cert in a two-horse race where one of them is a Derby winner and the other has only three legs.’’
    2. 1.2 A person regarded as certain to do something.
      ‘the Scottish keeper was a cert to play’
      • ‘Nevertheless, Mourinho still looks a dead cert for the top boss award since the panellists appear to have neither the imagination nor the inclination to look beyond the manager of the Premiership Champions.’
      • ‘Michael Caine, who is up for best supporting actor for his role in The Cider House Rules, has been tipped as a dead cert in a poll of Oscar voters by The Wall Street Journal.’
      • ‘Martin Ferris's campaign is Sinn Féin's top priority but he isn't a dead cert because anything can happen in Kerry North.’
      • ‘Another two evictions are due on Sunday, and I can tell you that while one candidate looks to be a dead cert for eviction, two others are neck-and-neck.’
      • ‘Clover's running for Lord Mayor - which she may or may not win; but she's also running for Councillor on the new City of Sydney Council, which she'd have to be a dead cert to pick up.’
      • ‘There will always be a place for Frederic in the Waiheke Island rugby team, and he would be a dead cert for the Ponsonby Heroes.’
      • ‘Tofting is a cert to go to the World Cup with Denmark while Frandsen is battling to go to the finals again after playing in France '98.’
      • ‘Despite injuries he is a near cert to travel and is likely to be given the troublesome left midfield role.’
      • ‘The little chap is also a dead cert for This Morning with Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield because, according to The Sun, his people discovered a rather radical diet regime.’
      • ‘She's a dead cert to get in a second time.’
      • ‘Nicky Butt is a cast iron cert to go to the World Cup with England this summer.’
      • ‘Egan wasn't going to let this cant stand, and got up in the Adjournment Debate to let off a few barrels at the hot and bothered Greens, who had thought that their John Kaye was a dead cert for the Senate.’
      • ‘‘I think Paula is a dead cert,’ says the 67-year-old former Commonwealth champion.’
      • ‘And don't think that Brown's a dead cert for PM in three or four years time.’
      • ‘Arnie was already a dead cert to win the recall election in California, but getting Buffett on board is a stroke of genius.’
      • ‘He was a cert for the Walker Cup and does not get selected.’
      • ‘But then again, Coca-Cola UK chief Penny Hughes was heavily tipped in some of the papers as a dead cert for the chairmanship of Channel Four.’
      certainty, sure thing
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of certainty.

Pronunciation

cert

/səːt/