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be expecting

euphemism To be pregnant. I heard that you're expecting—congratulations! When is the baby due?
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expect the unexpected

Be prepared to face unanticipated events or situations. Climbing a mountain has many dangers, so no matter how much you prepare, expect the unexpected.
See also: expect, unexpected

(just) as I expected

As I anticipated or suspected. The phrase is often said with a note of annoyance or frustration. My mother stole all the attention at my birthday party, just as I expected. As I expected, I didn't get the promotion. The boss just doesn't like me.
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blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed

Having high expectations often leads to disappointment when the desired result does not occur, so keeping expectations low will save one from being disappointed. I promised myself I wouldn't get my hopes up, so when I found out that my first-choice school had rejected me, I was actually OK with it. Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

expect (someone or something) for (something)

To anticipate or expect someone or a group to attend something. Don't expect me for dinner because I have to work late tonight, unfortunately. I expected the team for practice at 5:30 and only two players are here—what is going on?
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expect (something) from (someone or something)

1. To anticipate or expect receiving something from someone or a group. I'm not sure what John's doing yet, but I expect a response from him soon. I expect attentiveness from my students—is that too much to ask?
2. To demand or request something from someone or a group. You're my senior advisor, Tom—I expect better judgment from you.
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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Prov. If you do not expect good things to happen, you will not be disappointed when they fail to happen. Ellen: This is going to be the best vacation we've ever had; we're going to have fun every minute of every day. Fred: Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Jill: Do you think you'll win the contest? Jane: I like to keep in mind that blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

expect someone or something for something

to anticipate someone or a group to attend something. I expect you for dinner on Thursday. We expected all of the board of directors for the meeting.
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expect something from someone or something

1. . to anticipate receiving something from someone or a group. I expect a letter from you at least once a week while you are gone. We expect at least a postcard out of you.
2. and expect something (out) of someone or something to demand something from someone or something. I expect more effort from you. Get to work.
3. and expect something (out) of someone or something to anticipate a certain kind of behavior from someone or something. We expected better from you. I'm very disappointed in your behavior. We really expected better behavior of you.
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expecting (a child)

to be pregnant. Tommy's mother is expecting a child. Oh, I didn't know she was expecting.
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Hope for the best and prepare for the worst,

 and Hope for the best but expect the worst.
Prov. You should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for disaster. While my father was in the hospital after his heart attack, we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. When you study for a major exam, hope for the best but expect the worst. Don't make yourself anxious worrying that it will be too difficult, but review as if you expect the exam to be extremely hard.
See also: and, hope, prepare, worst

I guess

 and I expect; I suppose; I suspect 
1. a phrase that introduces a supposition. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Bob: I guess it's going to rain. Bill: Oh, I don't know. Maybe so, maybe not. Alice: I expect you'll be wanting to leave pretty soon. John: Why? It's early yet.
2. a vague way of answering 'yes'. John: You want some more coffee? Jane: I 'spose. Alice: Ready to go? John: I spect.
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I guess not.

 and (I) don't think so.; I expect not.; I suppose not.; I suspect not.; I think not.
a vague statement of negation. (More polite or gentle than simply saying no. Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Bill: It's almost too late to go to the movie. Shall we try anyway? Mary: I guess not. Tom: Will it rain? Mary: I 'spect not.
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I guess (so).

 and I believe so.; I expect (so).; I suppose (so).; I suspect (so).; I think so.
a vague expression of assent. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Tom: Will it rain today? Bob: I suppose so. Sue: Happy? Bill: I 'spect. Sue: You don't sound happy. Bill: I guess not.
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(just) as I expected

I thought so; I knew it would be this way. Just as I expected. The window was left open and it rained in. As I expected, he left work early again.
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when least expected

when one does not expect something. An old car is likely to give you trouble when least expected. My pencil usually breaks when least expected.
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You can't expect me to believe that.

 and You don't expect me to believe that.
That is so outrageous that no one could believe it. Bill: My father is running for president. Bob: You can't expect me to believe that. Jane: Everyone in our family has one extra toe. Mary: You don't expect me to believe that!
See also: believe, expect, that

when least expected

When something is not awaited, as in My brother always calls when least expected, or You might know that the furnace would break down when least expected-we just had it overhauled .
See also: expect, least

what can (or do) you expect?

used to emphasize that there was nothing unexpected about a person or event.
A more elaborate statement of the same sentiment is the proverb what can you expect from a pig but a grunt ?
See also: can, what

what (else) do you exˈpect?

(spoken) used to tell somebody not to be surprised by something: She shouted at you? What do you expect when you treat her like that?
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be (only) to be exˈpected

be likely to happen; be quite normal: A little tiredness after taking these drugs is to be expected.‘I’m afraid I’m very nervous.’ ‘Don’t worry, that’s only to be expected.’
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be exˈpecting

(informal) be pregnant: I hear Sue’s expecting.
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Once the product is accepted by the customer gradually, the parts of expectable functional requirements may be converted into basic functional requirements, and some adjunctive function may be converted into expectable functional requirements when product in mature period.
The present study presents evidences that dispositional achievement goals predict moral attitudes in a positive or negative sense, with an expectable effect on sport behaviors.
Teachers need to know what can be done with their materials and activities--and need, therefore, to be able themselves to model what responses may be expectable at A and at A* so that abler students can see their teachers as master craftspeople, just as trainee potters would expect their teacher to be able to throw a top-class pot.
molti de' nostri frati e d'altre religioni trovai assai, li quali tutti il disagio andavano per l'amor di Dio schifando, poco dell'altrui fatiche curandosi dove la loro utilita vedessero seguitare," (16) where the expectable traditional depiction of the helping missionary is subtly reversed into the image of the lazy friars who, pretending to care about other people's trouble, would rather seek their own advantage.
Lastly, it includes a Healthy Response category to describe a child/adolescent's time-limited, expectable reactions to developmental and/or situational crises (PDM Task Force, 2006).
Whereas these differences between males and females were remarkable and even expectable, it should be noticed that they differed in a greater extent when considering the age groups.
Another expectable problem in a work that tries to be both monograph and a kind of text, and ends up neither, is Gildea's penchant for generalizations, some huge and therefore untenable.
Expectable decline of forest bird populations in severe and mild winters.
Correction of hyperexcretion can be confirmed with follow-up 24 hour urine testing, which shows estrogen levels diminished into the expectable range.
However, rewarding better fieldwork and applying a flexible personnel policy to meet the unforeseen, but expectable, demands of new crises poses real but not insurmountable challenges.
The psychological internalization and behavioral subjectification of social constructs shaping attitudes and behavior in expectable and patterned ways.
Thus, according to experts and political actors, it is quite expectable that the postponed negotiations for full membership in the Union may stir a political crisis.
Although the quality and content changed in compliance with the impulse, motivation and capacity, the Bulletin managed to survive in an expectable professional diplomatic condition.
We do not need to label all conditions that get mental health treatment as 'mental disorders', and he favors another category of 'mental health problems' that could be used for conditions that are expectable yet still involve distress and disability.
Other appendices contain animal clinical chemistry data and expectable ranges.