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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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.
But you may bet your bottom dollar that if there's any boodle in the flat it's in this room.
If that had been the case, you can bet your bottom dollar that the London-based national press writers would be singing his praises at every available opportunity.
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.
F David Pipe's Gaspara was the last horse to claim the bonus back in 2007 and you can bet your bottom dollar the esteemed trainer will have a plan to land the double again.
You can bet your bottom dollar that local authorities and government will be too skint to chip in.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that in another few years the bad news stories will return.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITV Wales, 7pm It's the last in the series, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the Geordie duo will be pulling out all the stops to make it the best of the run.
You can bet your bottom dollar that Jeremy Hunt won't be "passing those bucks" on to create new day centres for the lonely, or to fill the gaps in NHS nursing.
But you can bet your bottom dollar that if you are on some kind of good, live hard bottom this month in that 35-to-50-foot-depth range you'll stand a good chance of getting railed by a hefty gag.
If punters and layers are focusing on Messi then you can bet your bottom dollar that so will Sir Alex Ferguson, but United may be in even bigger trouble if all their attention is on the 23-year-old.