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on a hunch

With or based on a strong intuition (about something), rather than absolute knowledge. I opened the cabinet underneath the sink on a hunch that we'd find the keys there. On a hunch, I'd say that the president is likely to veto the bill.
See also: hunch, on

play a hunch

To make a decision based on instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played a hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play a hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

play (one's) hunch

To make a decision based on instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played his hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play your hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

have a hunch (that something is the case)

 and have a hunch about something
to have an idea about what did, will, or should happen; to have a feeling that something will or should happen. I had a hunch that you would be here when I arrived. I have a hunch about the way things will happen.
See also: have, hunch

hunch over

[for someone] to bend over. The wounded man hunched over and staggered to the window. He was hunched over with pain.
See also: hunch, over

hunch something up

to raise up or lift up some body part, usually the shoulders. He hunched his shoulders up in his effort to get warm. He hunched up his shoulders to keep warm.
See also: hunch, up

hunch up

to squeeze or pull the parts of one's body together. He hunched up in a corner to keep warm. Why is that child hunched up in the corner?
See also: hunch, up

play a (or your) hunch

make an instinctive choice.
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Although some may be intrigued by his scientific calculations in working out whether to bet, I am sure I speak for many punters when I say that most of us back on hunches rather than formulas (sic).
PHOTO (Color) Dodgers pitcher Kevin Brown hunches over in dejection while giving up eight runs in three innings.
They think they know something and are not sure why, but they are right often enough that they come to trust their hunches.
The days of using educated guesses and hunches when optimizing a web page are over," stated Andy Beal, Fortune Interactive president and CEO.
The other Super League hunches are Sheffield by 16 points, Castleford by 18, Salford by two and Wigan by 22.
Quite rapidly, what had been merely scientific hunches and intuitions were transformed into settled ideas.
Now, in addition to following current stats and listening to expert recommendations, players can use this site to test their hunches and better forecast how a player's changing performance level or trade would affect their fantasy team's results within a league.
Tests and interview questions should be based on their ability to measure critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics, KSAOs, not based on hunches," said Qwiz Client Services Manager Sarah Fallaw, Ph.