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speculate -- as in: don't know, but I'll speculate
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The House of Mirth
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  • There was nothing new about Lily Bart, yet he could never see her without a faint movement of interest: it was characteristic of her that she always roused speculation, that her simplest acts seemed the result of far-reaching intentions.
  • —He speculated for you, you say?
  • At the time, I understood that he was speculating with my own money: it was incredibly stupid of me, but I knew nothing of business.
  • In sending her the cheque he had explained that he had made five thousand for her out of Rosedale’s "tip," and had put four thousand back in the same venture, as there was the promise of another "big rise"; she understood therefore that he was now speculating with her own money, and that she consequently owed him no more than the gratitude which such a trifling service demanded.
  • Lily saw this now in Mrs. Gormer’s unconcealable complacency, and in the happy irrelevance with which, for the next day or two, she quoted Bertha’s opinions and speculated on the origin of her gown.
  • Lily, on regaining the Gormer grounds, struck rapidly across the lawn toward the unfinished house, where she fancied that her hostess might be speculating, not too resignedly, on the cause of her delay; for, like many unpunctual persons, Mrs. Gormer disliked to be kept waiting.
  • She is always getting Gus to speculate for her, and I’m sure she never pays when she loses."

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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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