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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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  • I did not speculate upon the source from which it came or wonder whose humanity was so considerate.
  • She told him that there were many handsome English ladies in India who went out on speculation, and that there were some to be picked up with property, but that neither charms nor wealth would suffice for the descendant from such a line without birth, which must ever be the first consideration.
  • I know it to be unnecessary and calculated to awaken speculation, doubt, rumour, I don’t know what, in the house.
  • Quebec and Malta here exclaim, with clapping of hands, that Bluffy is sure to bring mother something, and begin to speculate on what it will be.
  • If it had been a speculation, sir, it would have brought money.
  • You see, that little pickled cowcumber of a Mrs. Snagsby has been used by all sides of the speculation and has done a deal more harm in bringing odds and ends together than if she had meant it.
  • As I naturally speculated on the object of these visits, and as I always associated something ludicrous with the visitor, it fell out that in laughing about Mr. Guppy I told my guardian of his old proposal and his subsequent retraction.
  • Mr. Bagnet merely distinguishes that epoch in the musical instrument business by kissing the children with an extra smack before breakfast, smoking an additional pipe after dinner, and wondering towards evening what his poor old mother is thinking about it—a subject of infinite speculation, and rendered so by his mother having departed this life twenty years.

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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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