be dollars to doughnuts that (something happens)(redirected from are dollars to doughnuts that)
be dollars to doughnuts that (something happens)
To be assured or certain to happen. The idea is that one is so confident in a particular outcome that they would bet money against something less valuable. It's dollars to donuts that Kevin will be late tonight—he's never on time.
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dollars to doughnuts, it's
It's a virtual certainty, as in It's dollars to doughnuts that the team will make the playoffs. This metaphoric term pits dollars against doughnuts as in a bet. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: dollar
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be dollars to doughnuts thatbe a certainty that. North American informal
1936 James Curtis The Gilt Kid If he were seen it was dollars to doughnuts that he would be arrested.
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