be a dead cert

be a dead cert

slang To be likely 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. Don't put him on our team, he's a dead loss at basketball!
See also: dead
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Joe's single, The Climb, was thought to be a dead cert until a Facebook campaign urged people to download Killing in the Name, last in the charts in 1992.