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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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Mansfield Park
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  • Whist and speculation; which will amuse me most?
  • Sir Thomas, after a moment’s thought, recommended speculation.
  • All the agreeable of her speculation was over for that hour.
  • …found, according to the predetermination of Mrs. Grant and her sister, that after making up the whist-table there would remain sufficient for a round game, and everybody being as perfectly complying and without a choice as on such occasions they always are, speculation was decided on almost as soon as whist; and Lady Bertram soon found herself in the critical situation of being applied to for her own choice between the games, and being required either to draw a card for whist or not.
  • "Very well," was her ladyship’s contented answer; "then speculation, if you please, Mrs. Grant.

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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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