to be sure


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to be sure

1. Undoubtedly or certainly; indeed; of course. Oh, it is way too much money to spend on a car, to be sure, but you can't deny that it's one heck of a car nonetheless. A: "He's a total scumbag." B: "Oh, to be sure, but his sales figures are always quite impressive."
2. To be completely certain (of or about something). I just want to be sure of his motivations before I agree to lend him the money. It all sounds above board from what we've heard, but we need to be sure.
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to be sure

Undoubtedly, certainly, of course, as in The coat is expensive, to be sure, but it's bound to last longer than a cheap one. This idiom was first recorded in 1657.
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to be ˈsure

(formal) used to admit that something is true: He is intelligent, to be sure, but he’s also very lazy.
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to be sure

Indeed; certainly.
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