have a sneaking suspicion

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have a sneaking suspicion

To have a slight but persistent premonition or intuition (about something). Jimmy said he'd never be back, but I have a sneaking suspicion we'll see him again sooner or later.
See also: have, sneaking, suspicion
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But you would have a sneaking suspicion that, in this World Cup year and having beaten the All-Blacks, we did the one thing Ireland should never do, we got cocky.
But next week's episode will be told from Marie's point of view, and we have a sneaking suspicion that our allegiances and emotions may be taken on a bit of a rollercoaster ride.
Didn't you think there were more important issues to discuss?" WB: I have a sneaking suspicion that we may have covered the new government elsewhere in the paper.
Curbs needed a real challenge and he's certainly got that at West Ham, but I have a sneaking suspicion he may just pull of f the Great Escape.
Ten-furlong horses finally - and rightly - have a chance of Classic glory, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll see more and more of the horses who every year start to run out of petrol at Tattenham Corner heading towards Chantilly.
Please let us know how many community places will be available, because I have a sneaking suspicion that this nursery is for the use of the university only.
And now since reading the 1970 Avalanche, I have a sneaking suspicion that the sources of this innovation may have been not only a reaction against the subjectivity of the Abstract Expressionists or the illusionism of spatial representation but also hallucinogenic-drug culture, grassroots political movements, and the era's newfound interest in Eastern religion, which opened new modes of experience and of reading the "self" in relationship to the greater whole.
Most of us have a sneaking suspicion that defense contracts are highly profitable for industry.
To say some people had a sneaking suspicion that these Rupert Murdoch minions appeared to have been batting for the Tories is a bit like saying some people have a sneaking suspicion that the Pope is a Catholic.
Privately, though, you have a sneaking suspicion that the wolves might have figured this out for themselves and would be more impressed if Shaun had taught them to speak, say, Chinese.
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