- for sure
- most certainly
- without any doubt
- to agree completely
- to express agreement
- yes, of course
- The manager will pull this deal off. You bet on something else about him because this is definitely happening.
- You bet that you will cross the finish line first. It isn’t happening with me participating in this race.
- Am I going to the party? You bet!
- Can I get another one of this? You bet!
- The people that live in this society are among the kindest that I know of. You bet they will go for a charity drive with you.
- You bet that I can get into and out of that house without anyone noticing me.
- You bet I will be going abroad next month to participate in social works.
The phrase is a slang which originated in the Native American way of speaking but is now popular throughout the world. It is a new phrase and has been in existence since a few decades only.
The slang came about when ‘betting’ on things to prove themselves was common and the answer to a bet would always be yes. ‘Would you take the bet?’ and ‘yes’ hence became synonyms in this phrase because no young person could say no to a bet and still be able to be a respectable member of the group.
– habitually doubtful person
– a person who refuses to believe anything until they are given proof
1. He’s such a doubting Thomas that he won’t believe unless he sees things through his eyes.
2. He’s a real doubting Thomas – he simply wouldn’t believe I’d won the car until he saw it with his own eyes.
3. She kept trying, hoping to prove all those doubting Thomases wrong.
In the Bible, Thomas would not believe that Jesus had come back from the dead until he saw him.
St. Thomas, apostle who doubted Jesus’ resurrection until he had proof of it (John 20:24–29)
First Known Use: 1883
beyond a shadow of doubt
- to be certain about something’s validity
- to be true or legitimate
- to be (something) without any doubt about it
- The government has clarified beyond a shadow of doubt that the people who have been evading taxes so far will be caught very soon.
- I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he will not keep his word. That is why I did not lend him a single penny for his business.
- The community leader mention that his people will not be resorting to any violence beyond a shadow of doubt.
- My mother was convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that he was the best match for me. As usual, mothers are always right.
- My grandmother was sure beyond a shadow of doubt that the ring belonged to her ancestors. She showed me pictures of her grandmother wearing it for her wedding.
- When getting into such a huge contract you better be sure of this company beyond a shadow of doubt.
- His guilt is now proved beyond a shadow of doubt.
The phrase plays on the words of there not even being a shadow of a doubt which just means that there is no doubt about that particular thing. It is speculated to have originated from the American English.
get to the bottom
- to find out the truth relating to a situation
- to uncover what exactly happened
- to reveal facts through investigation
- The murderer will not get away with it, the news anchor said. She assured the audiences that the police will get to the bottom of it all.
- To get to the bottom of this, I will need to stay awake and guard the kitchen. That is perhaps the best way to find out myself of where all the cupcakes are going.
- It is wonderful that you are travelling so far to get to the bottom of your family history. Very few people have such zeal to know about their roots.
- I need to get to the bottom of this mystery or I will not be able to close the book and sleep.
- It is doubtful if political interference will allow the investigators to get to the bottom of the case.
The speculation around the origin lies in unearthing architectural artefacts relating to other eras to be able to find out more about that time. To get to the bottom would literally require to dig things out of the bottom. This helps archaeologists find out the truth about the way of life and make estimates about how advanced the race was. The literary origin is, however, not traceable.
give the benefit of the doubt
Meaning: regards somebody as innocent until proven otherwise.
Example: Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she is right.