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Certain to work, be effective, or have a particular outcome; foolproof. Always used before a noun. Coming in to work drunk is a sure-fire way to get yourself fired, Tom. We've developed a sure-fire method of teaching grammar to grade-schoolers in a way that they will not ignore or forget.
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It's one of the best loved films of its generation...we believe it will be a sure-fire hit next summer Philip Bernays such musicals
So if Margaret Brown or anyone else, maybe a prospective employer, could point my daughter to the opportunities available to this "sure-fire money-spinner" I, my wife, and certainly my daughter would be all ears.
Bialystock and Bloom may have been aiming for a sure-fire flop but this show's a sure-fire hit.
It holds a Sure-Fire P/G/Z series flashlight and one pair of standard size handcuffs.
Both were sure-fire crowd-pleasers: one required girls under 18 to attain parental consent before getting an abortion and another certifying the anti-gay marriage ballot initiative.
While there's no sure-fire way to hire and retain A-team players, personality tests and psychological instruments can help you gauge a candidate's potential fit with your organization.
Or, you can follow the lead of successful entrepreneurs who know one sure-fire marketing tool: there's no shame in simply asking a friend to tell a friend.
Finally, if you reset the indicator and it stays in the red zone after installing a new or clean primary filter element, that is a sure-fire indication of a clogged secondary filter.
"We wanted a sure-fire event that opened the eyes of the superintendents," Briggs concludes.
You may be banking on the sure-fire novena or the day-glow scapular, but unless you want to spend from now till doomsday pushing a peanut around purgatory with your nose, I suggest an alternate plan.
An (almost) sure-fire way to prevent an extension being scuppered at the last minute is to make complex APEX bookings that can't be changed without extreme penalties.
The hybrid, then, provides not only a sure-fire death benefit, but also a chance for significant contract growth without the kind of worry in a variable universal life policy that negative returns could cause the policy to lapse without infusion of more premium.
They are the A-list stars of Country Music and it's sure to be another sure-fire hit with our readers.
Workplace books are either all pictures or all words, the former tending towards the striking, eccentric, and bizarre, the latter towards anecdotes, repetition, and--especially in US publishing--endless lists of sure-fire ways to achieve this, that or the other.