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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.
See also: guess

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.
See also: guess, not

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.
See also: guess

suspect someone of something

to think or believe that someone has done something. I suspect the clerk of stealing. Ted was suspected of leaving the door unlocked when he left last Friday.
See also: of, suspect

the usual suspects

  (humorous)
the people you would expect to be present somewhere or doing a particular thing 'Who did you spend the evening with?' 'Oh, Dan, Yuko, Jayne - the usual suspects.'
See also: suspect, usual
References in classic literature ?
The second, who was wiser, laughed at this simplicity; but the third, who was wiser still, answered, "Let us go in, however, for he may think we should not suspect him of going amongst his own countrymen.
The suspects ran in different directions, and the two deputies pursued them on foot.
now enables public and private organizations to compare client records against lists of criminal suspects and fugitives published by U.
In fact, interrogations are less of a conversation than a monologue by investigators in which they provide suspects with acceptable reasons to confess.
Members of a Russian-Armenian organized crime ring, including six suspects from the San Fernando Valley, have been charged with plotting to smuggle $2.
When they arrived at the scene, the suspects fled in a red Camaro heading north on Highway 101.
This article addresses the validity of a waiver provided by suspects who have just been subjected to a two-tiered inter-rogation tactic used in Seibert wherein an unwarned interrogation precedes the Miranda warnings and waiver and a confession is obtained.
The two men and the woman also are suspects in a home-invasion robbery in the west San Fernando Valley last month in which a couple and their young child were tied up and threatened, Plows said.
Although a number of results returned with the alias, a detective found an old file photo of one of the possible suspects.
According to the Sheriff's 18th Semiannual report released Friday, the counsel also indicated that the sheriff canine unit's ratio of dog bites when suspects were apprehended rose sharply in the past few years.
3) Although some incidents resulted from prisoners overpowering and disarming the victim officer, many others occurred due to weapons missed during incomplete searches of suspects.
ReGenisys' datefind:R isolates Year 2000 date suspects and links them directly to affected lines of program code to help users quickly identify millennium date change implications.
Marshals Service fugitive task force, captured 719 felony suspects in the first half of this year, compared with 494 in the same period of 2003, a 31 percent jump.
15) Once an undercover officer obtains the initial consent to enter, that consent can be transferred to officers who later enter the premises to arrest the suspects.
Both suspects had past criminal histories and were under the influence of narcotics and alcohol at the time of the incident.