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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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be (only) to be expected

To be typical or unsurprising. Unfortunately, post-surgical pain is to be expected. That type of contemptuous reaction is only to be expected from such a cretin.
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What do you expect?

This is completely normal or expected; you shouldn't expect or hope for anything else. It's shame that we don't qualify, but what do you expect? The entire economy is skewed to favor major corporations over smaller companies like ours. What do you expect—he cheated once before, so it's no surprise he did it again.
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What can you expect?

This is completely normal or expected; you shouldn't expect or hope for anything else. It's shame that we don't qualify, but what can you expect? The entire economy is skewed to favor major corporations over smaller companies like ours. What can you expect—he cheated once before, so it's no surprise he did it again.
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when (one) is least expecting it

At the point in time at which one is least prepared or has not been anticipating (something). Things seemed to be going well, and then, when I was least expecting it, my boss said that I was being fired. We will organize our forces and strike the enemy when they are least expecting it.
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when (one) least expects it

At the point in time at which one is least prepared or has not been anticipating (something). Things seemed to be going well, and then, when I least expected it, my boss said that I was being fired. We will organize our forces and strike the enemy when they least expect it.
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when least expected

At the point in time at which one is least prepared or has not been anticipating (something). Things seemed to be going well, and then, when least expected, my boss said that I was being fired. We will organize our forces and strike the enemy when least expected.
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expecting

euphemism Pregnant. I heard that you're expecting—congratulations! When is the baby due?
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expecting a child

euphemism Pregnant. I heard that you're expecting a child—congratulations! When are you due?
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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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In the Fayetteville area, 16 percent of the companies plan to hire more employees, while 11 percent expect to reduce their payrolls.
While there is overall pessimism about the economy, 75 percent said they expect their revenues in 2009 will stay the same (45 percent) or do better (30 percent).
Both large and small survey respondents expect to reduce inventory levels during the next 12 months.
Expect to see this frustration turn into action in 2006, as constituents work together to enable an environment where the use of professional judgment is embraced and second-guessing is minimized (OK, so maybe I am dreaming on this one!)
Ongoing re-engineering projects that increasingly require sophisticated mapping and definition capabilities and service support are driving the expected rise in external IT spending.
Countries across Latin America are expected to post growth of 4.5% for the year as many of their economies expand at their fastest rate in at least six years.
The United States is expected to lead the market growth again in 2005, according to the survey.
Institutions that expect to adopt the Framework are encouraged to consider the supervisory standards articulated in the guidance in developing their implementation plans for the adoption of Framework-based systems.
However, Microsoft is fundamentally a very sound company with huge cash reserves and is expected to recover in 2003, according to many analysts.
We expect to be loved when we "behave well" or when we fulfill the expectations placed upon us by others.
Revenue is expected to be up approximately 3 to 4 percent reflecting a slight decline in North America and a low to mid-teen percentage rate increase in the international business.
* Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $6.11 billion.
A chance of scattered rain showers is expected on some areas, especially the northern.