a stab in the dark

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a stab in the dark

1. A guess or estimate with very little or no assurance as to its accuracy; a wild guess. Well, this is just a stab in the dark, but I'm going to say that the answer to the question is Countess Constance Markievicz.
2. An attempt (at something) which is not expected to succeed or has very little chance of working. It was really just a stab in the dark when I tried to fix our washing machine, but I was actually able to get it working again on my first try!
See also: dark, stab
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a shot/stab in the ˈdark

a guess; something you do without knowing what the result will be: The figure he came up with was really just a shot in the dark.
See also: dark, shot, stab
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"I am not going to make a stab in the dark because the dark is very hard to see in" - Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, when asked when the economic chaos would end.
Well allow me to have a stab in the dark. Sorry, a guess.