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    Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'

    the entry reads:
    "these means absolutely certain"

    THIS means, surely?

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    Re: Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'

    Quote Originally Posted by gerens View Post
    the entry reads:
    "this means absolutely certain"
    Offhand, I would say, yes, it means absolutely certain. (This is just a guess. I have never encountered this phrase before.) Context?


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    Re: Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'

    Yes, it means surely, certainly, without question.

    I've never heard it. I wonder where they say it.

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    Re: Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'

    Well, I have never heard this expression, but I'm sure it should be:
    As sure as eggs are eggs.

    since eggs are plural and with an as at the start or I'm at wondering should it rather be:
    Sure eggs are eggs.

    Do we agree on some of that lads or am I barking up the wrong egg?
    What, what?

    (extra points to the one who knows who used that two word frase.

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    Re: Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'

    Quote Originally Posted by Camán View Post
    Well, I have never heard this expression, but I'm sure it should be:
    As sure as eggs are eggs.

    since eggs are plural and with an as at the start or I'm at wondering should it rather be:
    Sure eggs are eggs.

    Do we agree on some of that lads or am I barking up the wrong egg?
    What, what?

    (extra points to the one who knows who used that two word frase.
    Sorry. It's British English, and does use non-standard grammar. You will find users who unconsciously correct it to "are", but the usual expression is 'sure as eggs is eggs". (In a similar way, people who are conscious of 'speaking correctly' say 'If it isn't broken don't mend it' - although the original (much more direct) is 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'.

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