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A sure card

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • A sure card an undertaking which will be sure to succeed
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. carte—L. charta, Gr. chartēs, paper. Carte is a doublet.

Usage

In literature:

The kidnapping, to be sure, would be a court card upon our side, if we could only prove it.
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That Jean Forette sure is a card!
"The Golf Course Mystery" by Chester K. Steele
In God's name, surely that is worth a card for the sitting.
"The Nabob" by Alphonse Daudet
Sure after her death they found a card, the ace of hearts, nailed to her chair under the seat.
"The Kiltartan History Book" by Lady I. A. Gregory
Wool had gone down, wheat didn't pay and graziers were doing badly; tho' formerly our cattle and wool was always a sure card'.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Surely you must know that he risked all he possessed on a game of cards and lost?
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
Then when you're dead sure of a card, crack your fist down on it.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
Meanwhile, at any rate, Selah was sure he had a card; he felt there was money in the air.
"The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II)" by Henry James
She felt sure it was not a letter, but merely a Christmas card.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
It would be a case, he felt sure, of all the cards on the table at once; a slam-bang, as it were.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Hill said the Hen give Santa Fe a queer sort of look at that, as much as to ask him if he was dead sure he had the cards for that lead.
"Santa Fé's Partner" by Thomas A. Janvier
Then he said he would write out a card for me, adding, with a laugh, that he wanted me to be sure he was really Dave.
"Dave Porter and His Double" by Edward Stratemeyer
Pee-wee showed him the card and there, sure enough, was a finger print on the face of it and two on the back.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The kidnapping, to be sure, would be a court card upon our side, if we could only prove it.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There are many styles of card-mounts, and in selecting a mount be sure that the color of the card harmonizes with the color of the print.
"Harper's Round Table, October 15, 1895" by Various
I wrote on a card, 'To-morrow at dinner, at eight;' so be sure you are here to meet him.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
The breeze carries his scent more surely than a servant carries a visiting card.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
To be sure, at our house in the Minories we always kept a pack of cards in the parlour closet.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie
I never bucked a card or colt, but what some fellow held the bower or else that horse was sure to bolt.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. December, 1877." by Various
A clear conscience is a sure card.
"Dictionary of English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases" by Thomas Preston
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In news:

If I see that "Make sure to bring lots of business card s" is written on an event invitation, I tend to RSVP cautiously for a couple of reasons.
Oh sure, it's a card-carrying, nuke-craving, extremist-loving member of the Axis of Evil.
As students head back to school this September, it is a good time to make sure children and teens sign-up for the most important school supply of all – a library card .
Parents can help their child succeed in school this year by making sure they have a library card .
Sure, a Garbage Pail Kids tattoo can be cool, but a massive full-back design based on characters from the '80s trading card series.
If you're passing by a CVS this week be sure to stop in & scan your card so you can hopefully get the coupon for $2.00 off Mentos.
On the final day, we've got a prize that's sure to get the drummers drumming… a $1,000 Visa gift card .
Whether it's for yourself or a friend, we're sure you could come up with so many ways to spend a $60 gift card to The Macbeth Collection.
Sure, you can hand someone a business card with your name, company and position, email address, phone number, maybe your Twitter handle, but the networking stops there.
You move closer so you can positively identify what it is, and yep, sure enough, it's a credit card.
You're sure to get a jungle's worth of Valentines with these three card holders.
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In science:

If card T = 0 or 1, a single trajectory determines almost surely the distribution of the environment.
Random walks in random environment: What a single trajectory tells
Almost surely, for every u ∈ [0, 1] such that Card(clH exc (u)) ≥ 3, there exists a jump time α of X exc such that α ∈ clH exc (u).
Random stable laminations of the disk
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