sure of (oneself)

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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."
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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.
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ˈsure of yourself

(sometimes disapproving) very confident: She seems very sure of herself.
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References in classic literature ?
It's been "I will" and "I won't" with me all my life--I'll make sure of myself now.
I am not quite so sure of myself, and therefore I reserve my privilege of objecting to him,' returned the other.
I was not quite sure of myself before, but now I am.
I have not recovered it this morning: I hardly feel sure of myself yet.
Only now I am more sure of it, if possible; I am more sure of myself, and more sure of you.
I counted up to high numbers, to make sure of myself, and repeated passages that I knew in prose and verse.
I can't tell you about it now," she said; "I shall burst out crying if I tell you now--later, Marian, when I am more sure of myself.
But I felt myself struggling mentally with an invading gloom as though I were no longer sure of myself.
Having said that, over the years, from all the good and the bad, I've grown and have become more sure of myself and my choices.
Basically, I feel raped, but in a different way, this man has stripped me of my confidence, being sure of myself, able to help others, to be able to walk down the road at ease .
I left Waitrainer feeling much more sure of myself and my abilities," Navarro said.
I'm a bit more sure of myself and the direction I want to go.
Having grown up Catholic, I was pretty sure of myself and had given little thought to people who struggled with faith or were not believers.
But my identity and my sense of self was fractured slightly by the unexpected success of The Miniaturist, so that made it harder to be sure of myself, in a paradoxical way.
I am more sure of myself and I will now be living away from home and experiencing different challenges.