Definition of nine times out of ten in English:

nine times out of ten

phrase

  • On nearly every occasion.

    ‘nine times out of ten his customers will return even more satisfied’
    • ‘But, nine times out of ten, Ajax (and a very young Ajax team at that) would, because of their superior skill, come out on top.’
    • ‘However, nine times out of ten, it gets worse, such as being beaten, and getting severely bruised as a result.’
    • ‘The player may be feeling under the weather or possibly even have injured a finger or something, but the instrument will, nine times out of ten, be in full working order.’
    • ‘It does not disguise the fact, however, that nine times out of ten, I am sitting in the shadows nearly wetting myself with fear over the chance that I might be discovered by a shambling madman wielding a garden trowel.’
    • ‘You will find that nine times out of ten, the Democrats will be coming down on the same side as America's enemies.’
    • ‘Groping people is one offense but there are plenty of others and, nine times out of ten, the abused person has to just take it.’
    • ‘We had the game, shouldn't have let them in for that goal, and nine times out of ten, we wouldn't have got another chance.’
    • ‘And nine times out of ten, all that's needed to eradicate these risks is an alteration to our daily routines.’
    • ‘I have found nine times out of ten that they accept it.’
    • ‘Maybe it's their dark, brooding eyes, or their full lips, or their bravado - but there is no coincidence that the boys I make eyes with across the bar are, nine times out of ten, from South America.’