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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • Through this image he had a glimpse of a strange dark cavern of speculation but at once turned away from it, feeling that it was not yet the hour to enter it.
  • —If you mean speculation, sir, said Stephen, I also am sure that there is no such thing as free thinking inasmuch as all thinking must be bound by its own laws.
  • Coupling this ambition with the young man’s humour Stephen had often called him one of the tame geese and there was even a point of irritation in the name pointed against that very reluctance of speech and deed in his friend which seemed so often to stand between Stephen’s mind, eager of speculation, and the hidden ways of Irish life.

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  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.

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