bet your bottom dollar

bet your bottom dollar

Be certain that something will happen (so much so that one would hypothetically risk one's last dollar betting on it). I lost my umbrella, so you can bet your bottom dollar that it will rain tomorrow! Oh, you can bet your bottom dollar that Kevin will be late tonight—he's never on time!
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bet one's bottom dollar

 and bet one's life
Fig. to be quite certain (about something). (A bottom dollar is the last dollar.) I'll be there. You bet your bottom dollar. I bet my bottom dollar you can't swim across the pool. You bet your life I can't swim that far.
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bet your bottom dollar

If you say that you bet your bottom dollar that something will happen or is true, you mean that you are certain that it will happen or that it is true. A police insider was quoted as saying of the crime: `You can bet your bottom dollar Sinclair was involved'. He hasn't passed us and we haven't passed him, but I'd bet my bottom dollar he's around somewhere. Note: This expression refers to the piles of coins on a poker (= gambling game) table. A confident player would bet by pushing a pile of coins to the centre of the table using the bottom dollar, on which all the others were resting.
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(you can) bet your bottom ˈdollar/your ˈlife (on something/that...)

(informal) (you can) be certain of something: You can bet your bottom dollar that he’ll forget our anniversary.
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bet your bottom dollar

Risk your all your assets. “Bottom dollar” was the last amount of money in a gambling game stake. If you lost it, you were flat-out broke. Therefore, someone who said that you could bet your bottom dollar on something was telling you that it was a certainty. And sometimes it was.
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References in classic literature ?
and you bet your bottom dollar, Johnny, it AIN'T just as easy as it is for a cat to have twins
If you see two women together, you may bet your bottom dollar they are discussing their own or their friends' clothes.
Bet your bottom dollar First Lady caps will be on sale for 40 bucks before the waters recede.
Burger masters Almost Famous have launched their CHRISTMAS MENU and you can bet your bottom dollar it's even bigger and bolder than ever before
AN HOUR TO SAVE YOUR LIFE BBC2, 9pm If a format or subject does well in the ratings, you can bet your bottom dollar that a rival broadcaster will attempt to cash in by producing their own version, albeit with a few tweaks here and there to avoid accusations of plagiarism.
His free-kicks have ended up in more walls than your average pig, yet you can bet your bottom dollar he'll still be taking the next one, and the one after that.
Sure, it doesn't match the production values of, say, Mary Poppins, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it remains an uplifting, heart-warming tale worthy of a few nickels.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the turbines won't outlast Dunstanburgh Castle.
Alone on a desert island, you can bet your bottom dollar you will be mithered by unwanted callers, even if you did not possess a mobile contraption you would be a victim of these cheesy sales voices.
Please someone offer Dean Hoyle PS1 profit for the club and you can bet your bottom dollar he'll sell, just like he's quick to sell any player for a quick bucks profit.
Enjoy it while you can guys because you can bet your bottom dollar that things will be going pear-shaped very soon.
And if Arsenal do end up pipping their London rivals to the prize next season, you can bet your bottom dollar that we will not have heard the last of it, either.
You can bet your bottom dollar that every time you rush through maintenance, mistakes will happen.
But you can always bet your bottom dollar it's going to come to an end.
I've not yet had the opportunity to venture out in the new Microtex Lite, but based on my experience with the original, you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll find me in it on my next "hot bowhunt.