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beyond a shadow of a doubt

Meaning: Something is true "beyond a shadow of a doubt" if there is no possibility at all that it isn't true.

For example:

  • Are you absolutely sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is guilty of the crime?

  • A few years ago a great many scientists said they were sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there was no such thing as global warming. Were they right?

Quick Quiz:

Doctors say they are sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that
  1. fatty foods are good for you
  2. cigarettes are bad for you
  3. fruits and vegetables are bad for you

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