Definition of safe bet in English:

safe bet


  • 1A bet that is certain to succeed.

    • ‘They're the Treasury bonds of the high-roller restaurant world, the culinary equivalent of a safe bet.’
    • ‘Startups should be making safe bets trying to manage the risk of their main product and stay afloat long enough to become profitable.’
    • ‘In North America, the majors' choke-hold on the market and radio, and their fear of anything but safe bets means they are throttling themselves into irrelevance.’
    • ‘All in all, for domestic economic agents and market investors, the coming months should be very challenging, and there are no safe bets.’
    • ‘Lowry, Healy, Higgins, Gregory, Fox and Healy-Rae are all considered safe bets for re-election.’
    • ‘Princeton, Hampton, Holy Cross, and Eastern Illinois are all safe bets to go down in the first round.’
    • ‘These companies are generally expensive to purchase but can be safe bets.’
    • ‘I think we can look at a couple of safe bets for the flops - that'll be Spain and Holland.’
    • ‘All three of those signings were risky, but the £6.5million spent on Yakabu looks like a very safe bet, even when you don't compare it to the previous mishaps.’
    • ‘But it's a safe bet that Meyer et al. will dismiss these findings.’
    • ‘If I'm feeling particularly adventurous, I may even buy a few individual shares, but they will have to be very safe bets!’
    • ‘And that's a safe bet as Phil Jackson has nine rings as a coach and a 42-4 playoff series record.’
    • ‘If you're wondering where that $1.3 trillion tax cut for the rich is going, perhaps the luxury travel business is a safe bet.’
    • ‘As for stocks, he's sticking to relatively safe bets like Mexican cement maker Cemex, which operates globally, and San Miguel Corp., Philippine beverage company.’
    1. 1.1A thing in which confidence can be placed regarding a future outcome.
      ‘it is a safe bet that the current owners will not sell’
      • ‘It is a safe bet that the Kerry campaign would rather have not seen the story-line that a presidential candidate angers his hometown folks.’
      • ‘If the light emitted from a galaxy looks red, it's a safe bet that most of its stars are long-lived - and at least some of them are billions of years old.’
      • ‘There are surely thousands of genes whose expression levels can be sent up or down by changes in RXR, and it's a safe bet that we don't know what many of them are.’
      • ‘That means spending lots of development dollars on relatively safe bets, such as statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions.’
      • ‘It is a safe bet that the decision in Mahjoub's case will make Canada an even more attractive destination for terrorists.’
      • ‘When the words science and policy are used in close proximity, it is a safe bet that the discussion is focusing on how science can or should inform policy.’
      • ‘It's a safe bet you will find your perfect and ‘private’ beach for snorkeling or sunning.’
      • ‘But in general, the market-driven focus of the houses means that resources, both editorial and promotional, get diverted to the safe bets.’
      • ‘However, it is a safe bet that these two teams will be heading for the Second Division in May.’
      • ‘Jade plants, cactus, English ivy and asparagus ferns are pretty safe bets.’
      • ‘It is a safe bet that most people who thought the war unjust would also oppose any legitimisation of the occupation.’
      • ‘It is a safe bet that New Labour views the countryside with as much bemused disdain as it did in 1997-except now, they cannot say it.’
      • ‘Thus, it is a safe bet that, after a couple of years, they will return to the seclusion of their community.’
      • ‘Barring an unforeseen calamity on the Korean peninsula, it's a safe bet they'll succeed.’
      • ‘While nobody knows how things will progress, it is a safe bet that the next four years will be far rosier than the last four.’
      • ‘There's no guarantee you will succeed, although it's a safe bet that if you never try you won't make it either.’
      • ‘If you like Hong Kong action movies, it's a safe bet that you will enjoy it, but I can't imagine it becoming anyone's favorite film.’
      • ‘A handful of first-year players, such as Cardinals offensive tackle Leonard Davis, are safe bets to earn starting jobs.’
      • ‘No matter which direction the Angels go next year, it is a safe bet that the infield will be much stronger than the one they are forced to put on the field this postseason.’
      • ‘New films by much-decorated veterans are usually safe bets.’


safe bet

/ˌsāf ˈbet/