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sure thing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sure thing something that is certain "his victory is a certainty"
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Quotations

  • Scotty Bowman
    Scotty Bowman
    “There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.”
  • Robert Burns
    Robert%20Burns
    “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”
  • Gary Mark Gilmore
    Gary Mark Gilmore
    “Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
  • Bret Harte
    Bret Harte
    “The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    Richard%20M.%20Nixon
    “The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.”

Usage

In literature:

You were sure not to hear this morning: you know how she puts things off.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
The text runs only thus, we make a sure one, or a sure thing.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
I'm sure to want the very things I don't take.
"The Outdoor Girls at Ocean View" by Laura Lee Hope
That was a sure thing; a thing whereon he could speak with full confidence.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
That's about the only thing you can be sure of in this strange old world.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
After she had told them many things, she would ask them short questions to make sure that they remembered.
"Among the Farmyard People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
Badger will go out of Yale as sure as the sun rises if things are permitted to go on.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Jacques Sennier did not waste his time on such things, she was sure.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
But I'm sure of one thing.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
And thar ye are, sonny, whole thing sure's gospel.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Margery and I are quite sure that we can think of things, and prevent ourselves thinking of things, by trying very hard.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
And if they had spread it all along the banks of the Marne, the Germans would never have gotten across, that's one sure thing.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
They have done so many things equally bad, that we do not need to bring charges against them of which we are not quite sure.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Surely it would mean great things to have a young lady in the house.
"Little Maid Marian" by Amy E. Blanchard
I was quite sure you would not do such a thing.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
He has a sense of reverence, and surely that is a good thing.
"Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers" by Ian Maclaren
We ought to make sure of things by finding that marked track again.
"Afloat" by Alan Douglas
Or if Hop had kept a watch, as Arietta told him to, things would surely have turned out differently.
"Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"" by An Old Scout
I am sure you will like it of all things.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Sure you haven't been dreaming, and seeing things?
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
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In poetry:

These thing I long to be. I long
To be the burthen of some song
You love to sing; a melody,
Sure of sweet immortality.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
"All these things in your day
Ye shall see, O our sons, and shall hold
Surely; but we, in the grey
Twilight, for one thing we pray,
In that day though our memories be cold:
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Then said, "What would you do if I should die?"
He paused a moment, some bright thought to woo,
And then, in solemn tone, made this reply:
"This thing, by Allah's help, I'll surely do:
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Alas, I go to deepe and darksom night:
Farewell as now for ay all worldly light.
But sure I am I shall at Gods hand find
Farre better things than these I leaue behind.
Good father, I am redy at your will.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
Now I know surely
Who set the birds a-fire and touched the grasses--
Silent, without a footprint, no shade throwing.
Infinite worlds his shadow: all things growing
Stir with his breathing, follow as he passes.
"The Vagrant" by Mary Webb
How one loves them
These wide horizons; whether Desert or Sea,--
Vague and vast and infinite; faintly clear--
Surely, hid in the far away, unknown "There,"
Lie the things so longed for and found not, found not, Here.
"The Plains" by Laurence Hope

In news:

There is no such thing as a deli on every corner around here — but we sure wish there were.
While car dealerships aren't sure how the new discounts will affect their bottom line, the one thing that's certain is that it's out with the old and in with the new.
ATLANTA (AP) — When Miguel didn't receive any nominations for the Grammy Awards presented earlier this year, it surprised many people because he had last year's most popular R&B song with "Sure Thing.".
When Miguel didn't receive any nominations for the Grammy Awards presented earlier this year, it surprised many people because he had last year's most popular R&B song with "Sure Thing".
A divorce is a horrible thing to be sure, but from what I've observed, it's also pretty humbling.
Local Republicans and Democrats say NY such a sure thing for Obama, little happening here for either candidate.
Frank Martin is embarrassed about South Carolina's offense, and the first-year coach isn't sure when things will improve.
Tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFL takes reins.
And if extreme is your thing, train smart, and see your doctor regularly to make sure your workouts are still helping.
Agnes Zawadzki sure knows how to shake things up.
Of course they did just legalize recreational marijuana so I'm sure people are seeing all kinds of things.
Going into Memorial Day weekend, I covered the sure signs that it's Summer in Ocean County, one thing we didn't touch on though – trying to find a parking spot.
He has surely had more spectacular games in his career, but if you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys the game Tony Romo played Saturday night was an absolute thing of beauty.
Sure, there are things we'd like to believe we can count on.
Not sure how great a thing it would be if she found out you got said flowers from a grave site though.
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In science:

The only thing to check is that Pd i=1 Xi = 1 µ-almost surely.
A note on edge oriented reinforced random walks and RWRE
The only thing that we know for sure is that the metaequilibrium state reached by the system is a dynamically stable stationary solution of the 2D Euler-Poisson systems (on a coarse-grained scale).
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
To simplify things, we only consider the almost sure asymptotics of the first non trivial eigenvector: assume that we have constructed the Hamiltonians H (σ ) corresponding to the different values of N on the same probability space, and fix one realisation.
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
It gives, among other things, a new proof of the almost sure convergence of the spectral distribution of a matrix of the GUE and a pro jection model for the Marchenko–Pastur distribution.
Classical and free infinitely divisible distributions and random matrices
To keep things simple let us assume that there is something about the situation which makes us certain about the time scales on which bias can vary, so that we know the correlation function C (τ ), but we don’t know for sure how strong the biases can get, so we have to average over some distribution P (hrms ).
Should you believe that this coin is fair?
The only thing left to explain is why the choice of all v (cid:48) as specified, creating odd can potentially be used as v (cid:48), we may pass along the cycle (cid:101)Ci making sure that the distances distances, is feasible.
Disjoint Hamilton cycles in the random geometric graph
One of the first things we saw for Kingman’s coalescent is that it comes down from infinity, meaning that almost surely after any positive amount of time, the total number of blocks has been reduced to a finite number (Theorem 2.1).
Recent progress in coalescent theory
He showed, amongst other things, that for each ǫ > 0 one almost surely has M (x) = O(x1/2+ǫ ) as x → ∞.
On the limit distributions of some sums of a random multiplicative function
The one sure thing is that it all adds up to match the inflationary prediction.
Early Universe Cosmology and Tests of Fundamental Physics: Report of the P4.8 Working Subgroup, Snowmass 2001
This is too much of a good thing and the presence of S-wave thresholds such as pb1 and pf1 around 1400MeV surely plays some essential role.
The End of the Constituent Quark Model?
If little things came first and have been merging more or less at random as they found each other, and the merger process is ongoing, then surely the largest things around should be the ones being assembled this week (whether a z = 3 week or a z = 0 week).
Astrophysics in 2006
Along with this long-term ideas, it is naturally interesting to extend our work with more features in the calculus. A more precise account of recursion is a desirable thing: surely infinite behaviours fit in our framework, but the present work does not study it in full detail for lack of space.
Quantitative testing semantics for non-interleaving
Savage’s “sure-thing principle” spoke of utilities rather than of probabilities.) We do not understand an expression like “P (• | •)” to mean anything different from something like “P (•)”; we take all probabilities to be conditional on some corpus of knowledge.
Scaled Boolean Algebras
The last thing we have to prove about Σ for being sure that it is the solution of the Plateau problem at infinity is that it has finite total curvature.
The Dirichlet problem for minimal surfaces equation and Plateau problem at infinity
One lesson we have learned in particular from precision physics at LEP/SLC: we in any case need dedicated comparisons of different calculations/generators, in order to make sure that things are under control.
The role of sigma(e+e- -> hadrons) in precision tests of the Standard Model
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