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make a statement

1. To create, indicate, or communicate a certain kind of impression, idea, or mood. I chose such loud, clashing colors because I want the exhibit to really make a statement about the chaos of commercialism. Your outfit makes a statement about you to a potential employer before you have the chance to utter a single word.
2. To give one's formal account of events to police or investigators. As a matter of procedure, you'll be asked to come down to the station and make a statement about the robbery.
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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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make a statement

Create a certain impression; communicate an idea or mood without using words. For example, The furnishings here make a statement about the company. [Mid-1900s]
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