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[attributive] Certain to succeed.‘bad behavior is a sure-fire way of getting attention’
reliable, dependable, trustworthy, unfailing, infallible, never-failing, certain, unambiguous, tested, tried and true, true, foolproof, established, effective, efficaciousguaranteed, unfailing, infallible, unerring, assured, certain, inevitable, incontestable, irrevocableView synonyms
- ‘The consultant is a sure-fire way to make sure you get your hands on someone if something is broken.’
- ‘Finally, however, there is a sure-fire way to put an economy on the road to sustainability and that is through the wise use of taxes.’
- ‘Of the four pieces selected for the Glasgow programme, three were large group works - always a sure-fire hit with audiences.’
- ‘It's the only sure-fire name train-wreck waiting to happen.’
- ‘There aren't that many more sure-fire ways to ensure your own mockery than to bring up UFOs in a serious conversation.’
- ‘Also, there is a sure-fire way to handle this increase in debt, and that would be to cut expenditures.’
- ‘It's a sure-fire way to move up the table of quality tourist destinations.’
- ‘Now they've hit a sure-fire way of hitting the big bucks.’
- ‘They have been researching old Valentine's traditions and believe they have uncovered a sure-fire way of making diners lucky in love.’
- ‘Some say washing your car is a sure-fire way of bringing on the rain.’
- ‘As for the quick and sure-fire search for Mrs. Compatible, well, I have other irons in the fire.’
- ‘The additional bonus is, of course, a sure-fire threat of legal action which will guarantee lots of free publicity and the resulting sales.’
- ‘This is a sure-fire way to get the best out of your fruit trees.’
- ‘Christmas, she rightly points out, is a time when all of us indulge in far too much rich food - a sure-fire recipe for indigestion.’
- ‘Actually, I think the sports organisers play the record as a sure-fire way of rapidly clearing the field at the end of the sports.’
- ‘I bet publishers are falling all over each other trying to pick up the rights to that sure-fire bestseller.’
- ‘Property development, of course, isn't a sure-fire road to riches, as Hong Kong Construction found out.’
- ‘Ever since then, the fine brains who pronounce upon these things have told us that moving to the right is a sure-fire way for Labour to win elections, but never mind.’
- ‘The team was a sure-fire playoff competitor in the NAIA championship.’
- ‘It is a dark comedy about three former students and a dodgy journalist who hatch a sure-fire get-rich-quick scheme.’
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