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safe bet

1. Something that is certain to occur. Based on his grades, it's a pretty safe 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 safe bet for the account manager position.
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a safe bet

a certainty.
A safe bet originally referred to a horse that was confidently expected to win a race.
2002 Observer It is a safe bet that as the Western world gets fatter, the people on its television screens will continue to get thinner.
See also: bet, safe
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a safe ˈbet

(informal) something that is likely to be right or successful: If you want a cheap holiday with lots of sunshine, then Spain is a safe bet.
See also: bet, safe
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Although, I think journalism is still a safe bet. It would be a huge ask to invent a robotic journalist that was as stroppy and nosy as me and my colleagues.
in the Second Division Platinum Menswear are champions with Coleman's looking safe bets for runners up.
Along with other residents on Scar Grove, we have received a letter informing us that 'carriageway repairs will take place between Friday August 24 and Monday July 27 This is brilliant because not only can we watch the scintillating Olympic Games all over again (and make a few safe bets on the side) but it means that I can catch up on all those jobs around the house and garden that I put off the last time July came around.
The UAE-the Region's largest investor-considers its investments safe bets due to the growing nature and safety of Kurdistan Region.Despite taking massive hits in the global recession, for the second year in a row, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the largest contributor to foreign direct investment in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region, according to the region's investment board.
It is thought that Tory candidates Ron Page and Lyn Hudson were safe bets to be elected, leaving the final seat to be decided this morning.
On the other hand, when you did choose buildings of a more orthodox kind, why on earth go for such safe bets? Sambuichi's two celebrated offerings are pretty dull.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said betting shops are seeing a "phenomenon" of safe bets, which could escalate if betting tax is abolished in the Budget this week.
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Arsenal are 9-2, Man United 6-1 and Chelsea 14-1 - but they all look safe bets at home.Coral offer 7-2 a team other than Arsenal, Chelsea or Man United will win the Cup.