dollars to doughnuts

dollars to doughnuts

Stakes for a bet on a certain outcome. In the days when a dollar was worth more than it is now and a doughnut cost considerably less, someone who was reasonably sure that an event would happen might preface his comment with “Dollars to doughnuts . . .” as in “Dollars to doughnuts, it'll rain before nightfall.”
See also: dollar, doughnut
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I will bet dollars to doughnuts that presidents past and present and well-connected members of Congress sold their financial portfolios days before the recession hit, then bought it back it for peanuts.
I bet you dollars to doughnuts that when the Queen looks out her bedroom window during her couple of weeks at Holyrood House, she's carving out a splendid letter to Channel Four in mad, green ink.
While we don't have any hard data, we'd bet dollars to doughnuts that many of those 42,000 work overtime in their present jobs.
Not having seen the demographics, I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that the target audience for Showcase Review is a guy in his sweatpants with a box of Kleenex at hand, hoping that all the arty stuff will pay off with some nudie shots.
Thus, when a person is supposed to be dead/murdered early on, dollars to doughnuts says he/she actually isn't.
Keep shouting it down if you want folks but I bet you dollars to doughnuts if M&S bit the dust it would go from Has Marks' Lost Its Way to Save Our National Institution in a heartbeat.