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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.
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(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.
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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!
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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 .
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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 ?
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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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References in classic literature ?
I look on the noble family of the Herncastles as being my nest; and I shall take it as a favour if I am not expected to enter into particulars on the subject of the Honourable John.
I expected him to break out, even at that polite way of putting it.
Nobody ever heard the like of it, and, consequently, nobody can be expected to believe it.
They did not come on like thieves, as we expected, but sent three messengers to us, to demand the men to be delivered to them that had abused their priests and burned their idol, that they might burn them with fire; and upon this, they said, they would go away, and do us no further harm, otherwise they would destroy us all.
Some time after this we saw them move a little to our right, and expected them on the rear: when a cunning fellow, a Cossack of Jarawena, calling to the leader of the caravan, said to him, "I will send all these people away to Sibeilka.
I also found, which I observed to the Muscovite governors whom I had an opportunity to converse with, that the poor pagans are not much wiser, or nearer Christianity, for being under the Muscovite government, which they acknowledged was true enough--but that, as they said, was none of their business; that if the Czar expected to convert his Siberian, Tonguse, or Tartar subjects, it should be done by sending clergymen among them, not soldiers; and they added, with more sincerity than I expected, that it was not so much the concern of their monarch to make the people Christians as to make them subjects.
The capsule is expected to be launched by a rocket developed from the space shuttle's solid booster motors.
So-called core inflation is expected to be similar in 2005 and 2006, forecast at 2.
2, we discuss two assumptions, labeled as Assumption I and Assumption II, about the relationship between the laboratory expected values [X.
Fathers who expected to allow early autonomous privileges had sons at mid-adolescence who performed less well in school and engaged in more social misconduct.
Motor Vehicles--Gray iron casting shipments for light vehicles are expected to drop to 1.
Light truck fire imports are also expected to rise this year, from 5.
And what was causing ethylene prices to go up before - higher ethane and propane costs - is not expected to be a factor.
Higher expected rates of return and longer periods of accumulation should cause the taxpayer to choose the IRA.
While we expect, and have experienced, volatility in medical expense ratio with our relatively small membership, the combination of catastrophic cases and higher than expected utilization has caused us to more quickly undertake a number of initiatives aimed at driving our medical expense performance to expected and acceptable levels.