good bet

good bet

1. Something that is certain to occur. Based on his grades, it's a pretty good bet that Harry won't be able to graduate on time.
2. A person or thing that is certain to be good or successful. The department felt that she was a good bet for the account manager position.
See also: bet, good

(a) good bet

Fig. a great likelihood. It's a good bet that he will be late because of the rain.
See also: bet, good

a good bet

or

a safe bet

COMMON
1. If something is a good bet or a safe bet, it is a sensible or useful thing to do or use. If you're after something smart to wear to a friend's wedding, a dark suit has to be a good bet. When you're unfamiliar with your guests' likes and dislikes, chicken is a safe bet for the main course. Note: You can also say that something would be a better bet or a safer bet, meaning that it would be more sensible or useful than another possibility. I was going to buy an apartment but I'm now thinking a house might be a better bet. Basing a drama series on a book is a far safer bet than commissioning a brand new one. Note: You can also say that something is someone's best bet or safest bet, meaning that it is the most sensible or useful thing to do. If you really want to keep your home safe from robbery, your best bet is still to buy a dog.
2. If something is a good bet or a safe bet, it is very likely to happen. With these players, Leeds United look a good bet to reach the final for the first time since 1978. They won't enjoy reading this book; it's a safe bet that few will read more than 100 pages.
See also: bet, good
References in classic literature ?
Garth when Mary was likely to be come home again)-- he had those ten pounds in his mind as a fund from which he might risk something, if there were a chance of a good bet.
The question now is whether Thierry Henry is a good bet at 5-6 with Blue Square to score against Liverpool tomorrow, and I can answer that.
When the director of ``Divine Intervention'' finally figures out how to speak to us, it's a good bet that we'll have to listen.
HALF-MAN half-beast she might be, but there's no doubt that Amelie Mauresmo isn't half a good bet at around 8-1 for the French Open next week.
Home Of The Brave looks a good bet to repeat last year's victory in the totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester.
ST HELENS v WARRINGTON Sky Sports 3, 8pm WARRINGTON look a good bet for their Super League assignment at St Helens tonight, writes Rod Studd.
From midsummer on, a mixture of Chinese leaves, mustards and mizuna is a good bet.
He told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland: "I just wonder if Andrew would be a good bet, just given that they met in St Andrews.
NORTHERN STAGE AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL @ propershameful : Northern Stage at St Stephens is a good bet all round for shows.
When asked if he thought that was a good bet he replied with a smile: ''It's a good bet.
Swan Lake is a good bet for carp in the 12lb to 15lb range on small boilies or pellets, while the Birch Syndicate Lake has produced a string of big carp, the best weighing 27.
Tignes in France is a good bet, while Saas-Fee in Switzerland at 3,000-plus metres is also snow sure.
RWS Holdings - a firm which translates patents into different languages - looks a good bet amid signs of a slowdown.
Take a quick glance at the Dodgers' projected starting lineup, and it's a good bet the name you will find least inspiring is that of third baseman Wilson Betemit.