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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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  • He brooded in ponderous speculation over the cryptic message he had just received.
  • Speculation grew rampant among his closest friends.
  • If you run into trouble, just tell everybody that the security of the country requires a strong domestic Egyptian-cotton speculating industry.
  • A strong Egyptian-cotton speculating industry means a much stronger America.
  • ’I’m probably just as good an atheist as you are,’ she speculated boastfully.
  • ’Can’t you stop by my tent on your way up to the hospital and punch one of them in the nose for me?’ he speculated aloud.
  • It was obvious to the chaplain now that he was not particularly well suited to his work, and he often speculated whether he might not be happier serving in some other branch of the service, as a private in the infantry or field artillery, perhaps, or even as a paratrooper.
  • When fellow administrative officers expressed astonishment at Colonel Cathcart’s choice of Major Major, Captain Black muttered that there was something funny going on; when they speculated on the political value of Major Major’s resemblance to Henry Fonda, Captain Black asserted that Major Major really was Henry Fonda; and when they remarked that Major Major was somewhat odd, Captain Black announced that he was a Communist.

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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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