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the usual suspects

The people one would expect to be involved in something. I expect misbehavior from the usual suspects, but even my quiet kids were acting up in class today. Let's have a game night! Call the usual suspects and I'll order pizza.
See also: suspect, usual

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.
See also: guess

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.
See also: guess, not

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.
See also: guess

suspect someone of something

to think or believe that someone has done something. I suspect the clerk of stealing. Ted was suspected of leaving the door unlocked when he left last Friday.
See also: of, suspect
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The first suspect confessed he received from the second suspect, still at large, an explosive device to be detonated on a street.
The police then raided the house of the 22-year-old third suspect in Abu Dhabi, and the fourth suspect who was here on visit visa, because he had hashish in his pocket.
The police arrived after the suspect fled and searched the surrounding perimeter.
Suspect smashed window in rear door, entered and activated alarm.
denied beating the second suspect and causing her physical injuries.
Specifically on January 31 police received a tip-off that the first suspect, who is also the former convict, was planning a hit against Rodotheou who is the owner of an Ayios Dometios betting shop.
11) In the rare case that a suspect refuses to talk while recorded, the investigator simply can turn off the camera and obtain the evidence without a recording (or covertly record anyway).
Third, it is very interesting that the court commissioner who looked at the video (which was taken back in August) refused to dismiss the criminal case against the suspect.
Can another employee substitute for the suspect temporarily?
A fourth suspect, Jarou Nabors, agreed to testify against the three defendants and in exchange received an 11-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
Seeing this, a neighbor told the suspect to lie on the ground with his hands out.
The idea behind the Miranda warning is that once a suspect is in police custody--and Miranda only applies when the suspect has been arrested--the person has a right to know he or she does not have to talk to the police
followed by hours and sometimes days of poking around the suspect file system and log files trying to confirm their suspicions.
Shown video-tapes of an interrogation of a murder suspect speaking a language they didn't understand, some British police officers consistently knew when the man was lying and when he was telling the truth.