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I guess

I suppose; sure. Often used as an affirmative answer when one is not completely certain or does not want to fully commit. Bob: "You look a little down today. Everything alright?" Mary: "I guess. I've just been feeling vaguely melancholy lately." A: "It's supposed to be sunny today, right?" B: "I guess. I haven't checked the weather."
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I guess not

An expression of vague denial or negation. A: "Is Tom coming?" B: "I guess not—it's getting pretty late."
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I suspect not

An expression of vague denial or negation. A: "Is Tom coming?" B: "I suspect not—it's getting pretty late."
See also: not, suspect

I suspect so

An expression of vague affirmation or assent. A: "Is Tom coming today?" B: "Yeah, I suspect so—I haven't heard otherwise."
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suspect (someone or something) of (something)

To consider or believe that someone or something is guilty of some crime or wrongdoing but lacking evidence to prove it. I began to suspect him of having an affair when he started leaving the house at odd hours and was evasive when I asked him where he was going. The feds suspect the company of fraud, but they have to build a portfolio of evidence before they can strike.
See also: of, suspect

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.
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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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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.
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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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RAWALPINDI -- Continuing their investigation into the sexual assault of a university student, the police will interview people close to the male suspect, as they believe he is concealing information that could help reveal his facilitators, if there are any.
Pascual said suspect Sarifa Dumama, 35, a resident of Purok 4 in Barangay Buayan, was arrested at around 4:20 p.m.
The suspects were from Romania, Belgium, Morocco, France, UK, and Russia.
She claimed that the suspects Shu-Kwa and Hu-Ous, used to call her regularly wherein they kept urging her to marry one of them.
The E8 division also arrested three other suspects following a crackdown on terror suspects from June 14 to July 13.
He said that 12 suspects were placed under police supervision for being underaged, while 18 others were undergoing investigation.
But instead of yielding, the suspects sped away prompting a brief chase.
| ROCHDALE - EAST MIDDLETON: 59 burglaries with 57 suspects not identified.
The suspects - Mawusi Rose, 42 and Lawson Lartey - were arrested around 11:00pm on Monday night at Effiakuma Zongo, a suburb of Takoradi, by the police SWAT team.
The High Criminal Court sentenced seven suspects to life in jail and fined one of them BD 500.
Paposh Nagar police claimed to have arrested three suspects during two separate raids.
Upon announcing their authority, the suspects ran away.
KARACHI -- Police on Saturday arrested two suspects for allegedly raping a 27-year-old girl in Karachi's Delhi Colony area.
after receiving information that the suspects were allegedly pushing drugs.
Two robbery suspects were lynched yesterday in Kiptule area in Kericho West subcounty by the public.