Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sure as... phr.

In phrases

sure as Adam

[late 19C] without any doubt.

sure as a gun

[late 17C–early 19C] undoubtedly, certainly.

sure as candy

[late 19C] undoubtedly, certainly.

sure as death

[late 19C] undoubtedly, certainly.

sure as fuck

[1990s+] definitely, without the slightest doubt.

sure as God made little (green) apples (also sure as Christ made green apples, …little apples, sure as God made (sour) apples, …daisies, sure as God put worms in sour apples, sure as Jehovah made little green apples)

[late 19C+] (UK/US) definitely, for sure.

sure as hell (also sure as heck, …heaven’s happy, …hell’s hell, …hell’s hot, sure hell, sure in hell, sure to hell)

[20C+] without a doubt, certainly.

sure as hogs are made of bacon (also sure as beans is beans, ...eggs ain’t chickens, ...eggs (is eggs), ...mutton’s mutton, true as eggs is bacon)

[mid-19C] certain.

sure as shit (also sure as cowflops, ...shit and taxes, ...shite on your shoe, ...shit runs downhill from a privy, …shit stinks, surer than shit) [shit n. (1a)/shite n. (1)]

1. [1950s+] certainly; definitely.

2. [1970s+] (US) used as an affirmation.

sure as shooting (also sure as pop)

[mid-19C+] (US) definitely, for sure.

sure as shucks

[1900s-60s] (US) for certain.

sure as the devil’s in London (also sure as a devil in London)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) without doubt.

sure as there’s shit in a goat

[1970s+] without any doubt, certainly.

sure as there’s meat in mutton

[1900s] (Irish) certainly, undoubtedly.

sure as twopence

[mid-18C] undoubtedly.

sure as you’re a foot high (also sure as I’m a foot high, ...I’m a man fit to wear britches, ...the day is long, live,’re alive,’re born)

[mid-19C–1950s] (US) absolutely, without a doubt.