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a dead cert

slang Someone who is almost certain to do a certain thing or to succeed in a particular area. Sally is the most qualified candidate by far, so she's a dead cert for the promotion.
See also: cert, dead

a dead ˈcert

(informal) a person or thing that is certain to win, succeed, etc: ‘Would you ever bet money on a horse?’ ‘No, not unless it was a dead cert.’
Dead here means complete or total. Cert is a short form of certainty.
See also: cert, dead
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Crooning his way to the BGT final last year, Wayne Woodward seemed a dead cert to be signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label.
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Welcome The prize is in sight with the final week of Celebrity MasterChef, but it's still not a dead cert that judges Gregg Wallace or John Torode will escape without food poisoning
1billion at the box office meaning a sixth instalment is a dead cert - however frosty its critical reception.
And as work it's a dead cert that you'll need hankies on stand-by.
Trefor is a highly respected figure in Welsh football and it is a dead cert that he will do all in his power to get the best deal for North Wales.
With brothers like Brax and Heath, it seemed a dead cert that things weren't going to end too well for Casey.
He said: "You can always have surprises, that said I think Colin Firth is as close as you can get to a dead cert for the Oscars.
It's a dead cert therefore that the City Council will repair all potholes in these areas just in time for the National Grid to dig them up before the tarmac has set.
2000 Bookies stopped taking bets on the race for London Mayor, because they said Ken Livingstone was a dead cert.
He said: "Through an act of stupidity, he placed a bet which he was told was a dead cert but which didn't come off.
NEW YORK: Michael Caine has been tipped as a dead cert to take the Best Supporting Actor award at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony, according to a poll of Oscar voters by The Wall Street Journal.
In 1962 Francis turned to fiction with a successful first novel, Dead Cert.
While that may seem funny, it's no laughing matter as he will delay something you thought was a dead cert.