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To be one's own master
To be one's own mistress
To be or lie on one's back
To be out at the heels
To be out of her reckoning
To be out of one's head
To be pleased in
To be pleased to do a thing
to be precise
To be put upon one's good behavior
To be reported
To be reported of
To be rid of
To be seized of
To be shot of
To be sweet on
To be taken
To be taken aback
To be the death of
To be tied to a
To be turned of
To be under a cloud
To be under hatches
To be under the mahogany
To be under way
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To be upon one's good behavior
To be upon the bones of
To be upsides with

to be sure definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: admittedly; "to be sure, he is no Einstein" [syn: to be sure, without doubt, no doubt]

Merriam Webster's

phrasal it must be acknowledged ; admittedly

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sure Sure, a. [Compar. Surer; superl. Surest.] [OE. sur, OF. se["u]r, F. s[^u]r, L. securus; se aside, without + cura care. See Secure, and cf. Assure, Insure, Sicker sure.] 1. Certainly knowing and believing; confident beyond doubt; implicity trusting; unquestioning; positive. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. --Rom. ii. 2. I'm sure care 's an enemy of life. --Shak. 2. Certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health. 3. Fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent; enduring. ``His sure word.'' --Keble. The Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord. --1 Sam. xxv. 28. The testimony of the Lord is sure. --Ps. xix. 7. Which put in good sure leather sacks. --Chapman. 4. Betrothed; engaged to marry. [Obs.] The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God. --Sir T. More. I presume . . . that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife. --Brome. 5. Free from danger; safe; secure. Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; If we recover that we are sure enough. --Shak. To be sure, or Be sure, certainly; without doubt; as, Shall you do? To be sure I shall. To make sure. (a) To make certain; to secure so that there can be no failure of the purpose or object. ``Make Cato sure.'' --Addison. ``A peace can not fail, provided we make sure of Spain.'' --Sir W. Temple. (b) To betroth. [Obs.] She that's made sure to him she loves not well. --Cotgrave. Syn: Certain; unfailing; infallible; safe; firm; permanent; steady; stable; strong; secure; indisputable; confident; positive.


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