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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a good bet


a safe bet

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
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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. Why?
It is hard to find good bets, and in my opinion most of us make it harder still because we are unwilling to bet at short odds, even though we are always willing to bet at long odds.
WHAT is a good bet? It is one that is more likely to win than the odds suggest.
Thoughtsofstardom landed some good bets when getting up close home under Kelly Harrison to land the Eastwell Manor Handicap by a head from Fastrac Boy.
The two new musicals that arrived, Dracula and Brooklyn, did not look like good bets for long runs.
They are good bets because they are emerging markets and the rate at which our relationships grow could be greater.
Recently, utility functions were characterized where this occurs rationally, and examples were given of utility functions where any finite number of good bets should never be accepted.
Resort properties that cater to the meeting trade and have good access to major metropolitan markets are also good bets, he says.
Sanders says that the so-called theme funds, like GT Global Infrastructure Fund, may also be good bets. Theme funds spread the risk of loss around the world by investing in countries that are reinventing themselves, such as South Africa, Mexico and India.
SOME nice Carling Cup ties this week and it looks as though the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Blackburn could all be good bets to go a long way in this year's competition.
However, an accumulator on the last four contests of the day in Llanelli could return a profit with Jason Greenslade and Mark McMahon good bets to see off respective rivals Dickson Ha and Geoff Pershick.
AT Musselburgh, good bets were matched from 1.28 down to 1.16 when the useful Flat racer Motive swept into the lead two out in the handicap hurdle, only to find Saif Sareera (touched 11.0 in running) too strong on the run-in.
The first division fell to Alan Berry's Frascati, who put paid to some good bets on the well-touted Landing Strip by forging well clear under Francis Norton.
Unshakable landed some good bets in willing style for Francis Norton in division two of the maiden and, according to his trainer Bob Jones, is destined for something better, if he has read the signals right.
Clearly, this was not a good bet before kick-off, even though it proved to be a winner at the final whistle.