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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.
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.
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On the other hand, the Fed could drop ''considerable time'' but substitute vaguer language suggesting it might wait longer to raise rates than many expect.
Trois encadres informatifs de quatre pages inseres entre les chapitres de presentation du corpus pour mettre en contexte les thernatiques abordees par la suite participent du meme effet c'est la un astucieux et agreable moyen de vaguer en terrain plus theo-rique tout en changeant temporairement de rythme et de ton.
So they replace the numbers with vaguer words and tell us it could rain or there might be some showers.
As we speed towards conflict-ridden elections, the internal climate is now of a battle -- an asymmetrical one -- between cultures and values, instrumentalized by a politician whose words after the two last elections from the balcony, reassuring crowds that he would be the prime minister of the entire nation, echo vaguer and vaguer.
Tonight he's highlighting the difference between the specificially targeted research of the kind carried out by pharmaceutical companies trying to produce a new drug and the vaguer "blue skies research" which is the name given to scientific exploration purely for the sake of it.
Tonight, he's highlighting the difference between the specifically targeted research of the kind carried out by pharmaceutical companies trying to produce a new drug, and the vaguer blueskies research, which is the name given to scientific exploration purely for the sake of it.
Tonight he's highlighting the difference between the specifically targeted research of the kind carried out by pharmaceutical companies trying to produce a new drug, and the vaguer "blue skies research", which is the name given to scientific exploration purely for the sake of it.
Even if neither happens, Tehran still thinks it can increase South Pars production to 17 bcfd next year, with vaguer talk of reaching 27 bcfd by 2015.
Plastvagerne must be designed and manufactured for use on buoys in Danish waters in water depths of between 5 and 10 meters, both stretched and loose mooring and at currents of up to 5 knots, and be either conical rotational molded vaguer or tubular vaguer.
The rhetoric used by right-wing politicians and other leaders has also generally shifted from the overt racism of past movements to vaguer talk of the importance of maintaining traditional culture and values, the incompatibility of Islam with these liberal values, and other more subtle rhetoric.
Obviously, that is a much vaguer and potentially broader standard than what applies to a domestic entity, so that a lender might argue that it authorizes appointment of a receiver even if the borrower has not admitted that the debt is due and owing.
In Max Weber's terms, the Tea Party emphasizes stratification by status (what Weber called Stand or status group) as opposed to the political left's emphasis on stratification by wealth (closer to Weber's Klasse, group defined by market position, or Marxian class, although vaguer than either).
That RFP was the result of even vaguer legislation --never debated by lawmakers but instead tucked into a large budget bill--that appeared to be more interested in looking at shipping inmates out of state to private facilities elsewhere.
A vaguer (and less discussed) poison was the Jewish spirit, "because everywhere in Europe, the emancipated Jews, interfering with the culture of the country, falsified and corrupted it" (31).
s, Yto Barrada, Ninar Esbar and Bouchra Khalili, among others -- explored various and relevant themes of movement, "Higher Atlas" pursues a vaguer notion of transcendence, and, in practical terms, is more about the manufacture of works in Marrakech.