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guess what

A question that precedes a surprising announcement. It is a set phrase and is often but not always rhetorical. Guess what? Your mother is coming to visit this weekend after all. A: "Guess what?" B: "I have no idea—do you have news?"
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Guess what!

Inf. a way of starting a conversation; a way of forcing someone into a conversation. Alice: Guess what! Bob: I don't know. What? Alice: I'm going to Europe this summer. Bob: That's very nice. John: Guess what! Jane: What? John: Mary is going to have a baby. Jane: Oh, that's great!
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ˌguess ˈwhat

(informal) used to introduce something surprising or exciting that you want to tell somebody: Guess what, Angela’s getting married next month!
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References in classic literature ?
Look again, and guess what those are," answered Uncle Mac, chuckling and enjoying it all like a boy.
God keep me from ever seeking to guess what he aims at; I confine myself to watching what he does, and that is well enough.
Well, these days I'm trying to guess what happened to the home business in January and February this year.
All players have to do is guess what the Dow Jones Industrial Average will close at on Friday at 4:00 EST.
When you find out that the sheepdog guarding the sheep from the wolf is really the wolf's cousin in disguise, guess what happens to the sheep