you bet your life


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you (can) bet your (sweet) life

You can be absolutely certain that something will happen. (Sometimes used ironically. You bet your sweet life I'm going to that concert—I've been saving up for my ticket for months now! Oh, you can bet your life that Kevin will be late tonight—he's never on time! I lost my umbrella, so you can bet your life that it's going to rain soon.
See also: bet, life

you bet your life

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say you bet your life to say `yes' in a very strong way. Would he have been as fast in a Lotus Cortina? You bet your life.
See also: bet, life
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Instead, he might use a sign reading "Foreign Policy Decision," which would drop down like Groucho Marx's duck on You Bet Your Life, cutting off further discussion.
The television programming includes such classic series as "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Bonanza," "Dragnet," "Dick Tracy," "Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life," "The Jack Benny Show," "Roy Rogers," "The Lone Ranger" and original cartoons, including "Felix," "Superman," "Casper" and "Popeye," among them.
You are engaging your mirror image so ask yourself another simple question: "Would you bet your life on a flip of a coin?
Through its exclusive distribution agreement with Genius Products (OTCBB:GNPI), Falcon Picture Group is developing the first collection of 12 TV Guide brand DVDs, which will include "digitally remastered" classic television programming featuring The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, The Milton Berle Show, The Burns & Allen Show, You Bet Your Life, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, The Red Skelton Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza and others.
Encouraged by her first husband Sherwood she was a contestant on Groucho Marx's show You Bet Your Life, then made more TV appearances.
Groucho Marx helped YOU BET YOUR LIFE become one of television's most watched game shows and we believe it has high brand awareness among our target market," commented Brian R.
YOU bet your life her parents will think you've behaved despicably.