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dollars to doughnuts

I assure you (that something will happen, with so much confidence that I would bet money against something less valuable). I lost my umbrella. Dollars to donuts it rains tomorrow! Dollars to donuts that Kevin will be late tonight—he's never on time.
See also: dollar, doughnut
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dollars to doughnuts

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If you say that it is dollars to doughnuts that something will happen, you mean that you are certain it will happen. Note: `Doughnuts' is sometimes spelled `donuts' in this expression. It's dollars to doughnuts that the bank of the future will charge more for its services. Well, I'll bet you, Alex, almost dollars to donuts that I'll wake up at 3am, as I do every morning now.
See also: dollar, doughnut
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

dollars to doughnuts

Absolutely, certainly. This expression is most often preceded by the verb “to bet” and indeed comes from wagering. If someone is willing to bet dollars against doughnuts, he or she is absolutely sure of winning, the pastries being considered worthless compared to hard cash. The term began to be employed in the late 1800s. F. W. Bronson used it in Nice People Don’t Kill (1940), “You can bet a dollar to a doughnut.” Alliteration no doubt helped it to survive.
See also: dollar, doughnut
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

dollars to doughnuts

Stakes for a bet on a certain outcome. In the days when a dollar was worth more than it is now and a doughnut cost considerably less, someone who was reasonably sure that an event would happen might preface his comment with “Dollars to doughnuts . . .” as in “Dollars to doughnuts, it'll rain before nightfall.”
See also: dollar, doughnut
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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