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(as) certain as death and taxes
Certain to happen; inevitable and unavoidable. A variation of the proverbial phrase, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." They just aren't right for each other; they're certain as death and taxes to break up eventually. The two brothers will be forever at each other's throats, as certain as death and taxes.
Hell hath no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned
No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when they have been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." The university might think nothing of hiking up the cost of tuition, but we'll show them that Hell hath no fury like a broke college student scorned! The governor, after veering away from his party's core ideologies, is now discovering that Hell hath no fury like politicians scorned.
to a certain degree
Somewhat; partly; in a limited way or to a limited extent. Your essay would be improved to a certain degree by tidying up your paragraphs, but your topic on the whole has some fundamental problems. Our administration is willing to negotiate to a certain degree, but we aren't ready to make any significant changes to the legislation.
to a certain extent
Somewhat; partly; in a limited way or to a limited degree. Your essay would be improved to a certain extent by tidying up your paragraphs, but your topic on the whole has some fundamental problems. Our administration is willing to negotiate to a certain extent, but we aren't ready to make any significant changes to the legislation.
An intentionally vague term used to refer to someone without revealing their identity. When I asked Carly how she knew about my new relationship, she just said that a certain party told her, but I'm going to need some specifics eventually! I planned to stop by your house tonight, but a certain party threw a tantrum when I tried to pry him away from his toys.
Positive. Very sure. I was certain sure I saw a dog out here, so where did he get to?
clock (someone or something) at (a certain speed)
To track the speed at which someone or something moves. (The speed is stated after "at.") You're getting a ticket because I clocked you at 90 miles an hour—and the speed limit here is only 55.
come out (a certain way) on (something)
To have a particular outcome with some project, venture, or other thing. We definitely came out well on that merger—it saved the company after all!
to some degree
Somewhat; partly; in a limited way or to a limited extent. Your essay would be improved to some degree by tidying up your paragraphs, but your topic on the whole has some fundamental problems. The administration is willing to negotiate to some degree, but it is not ready to make any significant changes to the legislation.
See also: degree
Absolutely sure. I'm dead certain that the answer is 42, but you can check the answer key if you want. Elise was dead certain that the wedding started at four, and, had I listened to her, I would have gotten there on time!
doesn't have a (certain kind of) bone in (one's) body
Does not display the trait stated between "a" and "bone." (This phrase does not refer to an actual bone in the human skeleton.) I highly doubt that Jeannie started that vicious rumor about you—she doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
have a ring to it
To sound appealing. An adjective, often "certain" or "nice," is commonly used to modify "ring." After so many years of hard work, "Jane Smith, Vice-President of Marketing" sure has a nice ring to it.
of a certain age
Not yet old but no longer young. Men of a certain age really shouldn't wear such tight T-shirts. People of a certain age are far likelier to adopt a more conservative outlook on life.
under certain circumstances
In certain situations. I let my kids sleep with me in my bedroom under certain circumstance, like if they've had a nightmare.
Definitely. A: "How many people are coming to dinner tonight?" B: "I can't say for certain—my family tends to just show up without responding to invitations."
make certain (that) something
To check something in order to confirm that it is true, correct, or is happening. I just want to make certain that our meeting is still on tomorrow. Will you make certain that our bags are on the train?
someone you know but whom I do not wish to name. I spoke to a certain party about the matter you mentioned. If a certain party finds out about you-know-what, what on earth will you do?
Rur. very sure. Tom: Are you sure you saw Bill at work today? Mary: Certain sure. If you keep hanging around with them no-good kids, you'll get in a heap of trouble for certain sure.
come in a certain position
to finish in a certain position or rank. Fred came in fourth in the race. He was afraid he would come in last.
very sure. (Dead means absolutely.) I'm dead certain that horse will win. I bet two hundred on it myself. I didn't believe the rumor at first, but Bill's dead certain that it's true.
make certain of something
to check something in order to be sure. Please make certain of what you want to do. Would you please make certain of the number of things you want to order?
Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Prov. Everything in life is unpredictable, except that you can be sure you will die and you will have to pay taxes. (You can also refer to death and taxes as the only certain things in life.) Son: I can't believe how much tax money is being withheld from my paycheck! Father: Welcome to adult life, where nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Nothing is certain but the unforeseen.
Prov. You cannot foresee what will happen. Jill: Now that we've got a new boss, this is certain to be a nicer place to work. Jane: Nothing is certain but the unforeseen.
sell something for a certain price
to market something at a certain price. I think I can sell this for twice what I paid for it. This is selling for twice the price at the shop down the street.
under certain circumstancesand under certain conditions
Fig. depending on or influenced by something; because of something. Under certain conditions, you can see across the lake to the other side. Under certain circumstances, what you propose to do is all right.
death and taxes, certain as
Also, sure as death and taxes. Bound to occur, inevitable, as in His business is going to fail, certain as death and taxes. This phrase was invented by Benjamin Franklin in a letter (1789) and has been repeated ever since, the government's recurring need for revenue probably assuring its continued popularity.
Also, for sure. Without doubt. For example, I can't tell for certain if this is the right color, or I know for sure that she has a new car. The first term dates from the early 1300s. The variant, dating from the late 1500s, is also used colloquially to express agreement or assert the truth of a statement, as in Mary is really bossy.-That's for sure, or Are you coming to the party?-For sure I am.
to some degree
Also, to a certain degree; to some or a certain extent ; to a degree or an extent . Somewhat, in a way, as in To some degree we'll have to compromise, or To an extent it's a matter of adjusting to the colder climate. The use of degree in these terms, all used in the same way, dates from the first half of the 1700s, and extent from the mid-1800s.
See also: degree
of a certain ageused euphemistically to avoid specifying the age of someone (typically a woman) of middle age or beyond.
The phrase, first recorded in 1754 , may have been inspired by French d'un certain âge .
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for ˈcertainwithout doubt: No one can say for certain how the world’s climate is likely to change.
make ˈcertain (that...)find out whether something is definitely true: I think there’s a bus at 8 o’clock but you’d better call to make certain.
make certain of something/of doing somethingdo something in order to be sure that something else will happen: You’ll have to leave soon to make certain of getting there on time.
of a certain ˈageif you talk about a person being of a certain age, you mean that they are no longer young but not yet old: The show is designed to appeal to an audience of a certain age.
Without doubt; definitely.