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a dead cert

slang Someone who is almost certain 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.
See also: cert, dead

a dead ˈcert

(informal) a person or thing that is certain to win, succeed, etc: ‘Would you ever bet money on a horse?’ ‘No, not unless it was a dead cert.’
Dead here means complete or total. Cert is a short form of certainty.
See also: cert, dead
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Tory choose our and Boris still Of course, it's only members who can next Brexicutioner, seems a dead cert. And then the public Hobson's choice between Jeremy Corbyn.
"Slime ball No2 #wes #LoveIsland gets rejected by the new girl, goes back to a dead cert," said another.
Crooning his way to the BGT final last year, Wayne Woodward seemed a dead cert to be signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label.
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The 15-year-old series has grossed PS2.1billion at the box office meaning a sixth instalment is a dead cert - however frosty its critical reception.
And as work it's a dead cert that you'll need hankies on stand-by.
Trefor is a highly respected figure in Welsh football and it is a dead cert that he will do all in his power to get the best deal for North Wales.
With brothers like Brax and Heath, it seemed a dead cert that things weren't going to end too well for Casey.
Summary: Colin Firth heads to tonight's Oscars "as close as you can get to a dead cert" to winning the Best Actor Award.
The British star of The Kings Speech was being described as being "as close as you can get to a dead cert" ahead of the Los Angeles ceremony.
Annette Benning Tilda Swinton Minnie Driver Gemma Arterton Miranda Richardson DEAD CERT: Colin Firth with the Best Actor Award for The King''s Speech STUNNING: Helena Bonham Carter with the Best Supporting Actress award for The King''s Speech WIZARD: David Heyman, Emma Watson, JK Rowling and Rupert Grint with the Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema award for the Harry Potter films MACCA'S BACK: From left, Mary McCartney, Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell arriving at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House
It's a dead cert therefore that the City Council will repair all potholes in these areas just in time for the National Grid to dig them up before the tarmac has set.
2000 Bookies stopped taking bets on the race for London Mayor, because they said Ken Livingstone was a dead cert. 2002 Scientists warned that bread, chips and crisps contained high level of a substance believed to cause cancer.
He said: "Through an act of stupidity, he placed a bet which he was told was a dead cert but which didn't come off.
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