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be a (dead) cert

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe a (dead) certbe a (dead) certCERTAINLY/DEFINITELY British English informal to be certain to happen or to succeed Put your money on Thorpe to win, he’s a dead cert. cert
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be a (dead) certOne candidate, the outgoing Taoiseach and the then leader of Fine Gael, was a cert.I knew my sons had been saying that of course Mum would cry - it was a dead cert!No, this was a dead cert.
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