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sure of (oneself)

Very self-confident. You can't go into that interview wondering if you're good enough for the job—if you're sure of yourself, the interviewer will be sure of you, too. A: "Well, Tammy's very sure of himself, isn't she?" B: "Yeah, we've never needed to worry about her succeeding in life."
See also: of, sure
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sure of oneself

Self-confident, as in Now that Mary's graduated she's much more sure of herself. This expression uses sure in the sense of "confident" or "secure," a usage dating from the mid-1400s.
See also: of, sure
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˈsure of yourself

(sometimes disapproving) very confident: She seems very sure of herself.
See also: of, sure
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She was sure of herself, and in a few days he would be off to sea.
She had, too, the lazy confident air of a woman sure of herself and her friends.
"Ye--es," Miss Dearborn answered hesitatingly, never very sure of herself under Rebecca's fire; "but though we often speak of a baby, a chicken, or a kitten as `it,' they are really masculine or feminine gender, not neuter."
"You have referred to the letters written by my pupil," she resumed, addressing Noel Vanstone as soon as she felt sure of herself again.
Call her mannerless, uncultured or even graceless, we all know the real reason why we love to hate Jumwa is because nothing scares and terrifies our society than a woman sure of herself, who does not care about what people think and is not afraid to speak her mind.
We want them to live the essence of a woman that is empowered, sure of herself, fearless, courageous and at the same time, loving and caring," said psychoneurologist Dr.
Plot-wise, a grieving BBC story producer collides with a sharp 12-year-old, who appears much wiser and sure of herself than the immigration detention centre officer she's travelling with.
Plot-wise, a grieving BBC story producer collides with a 12-year-old who appears wiser and more sure of herself than the immigration detention centre officer she's travelling with.
But Paige, dark-haired, lip-pierced and heavily accented, isn't so sure of herself, either.
She is starting to resemble the woman she once was: robust, sure of herself. Looking at her now, as she struggles to scrape the sand off the roadway with that shovel that weighs a ton, it's difficult to believe the state she was in when we abandoned the city.
Alice Guillermo was always sure of herself. In her giant of a small book, From Image to Meaning: Essays on Philippine Art, she demonstrates this certainty when she defines the critic: 'The mature viewer or critic is one who must have, after long expression and experience, arrived at the formulation of his or her own value system, his or her view of the world and humanity which he or she has come to feel deeply and strongly about.
Though Reign is now more powerful than ever, Kara is now more sure of herself more than ever.
Alix is an easily relatable character--part spunky, part shy--and not yet sure of herself. The novel's themes of family, friendship, growing up and trying new things are a perfect fit for Perkins' middle grade audience.