Definitions

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  • Used to dramatize the introduction of a usually unsurprising outcome.

Etymologies

Perhaps an ellipsis of "(can you) guess what I am about to say/happened next?" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As we sat with our children on the porch of the gray house* in Kennebunkport, George told them he had a new job, but they had to guess what it was.

    Barbara Bush

  • I guess what you should know is that I grew up in the mecca of appearance-obsessed culture.

    Mortified

  • You may guess what the South thought of him: murderer, brigand, fiend in human shape, and arch-robber - and I'm bound to say, just from what he later told me himself, that he did his share of plundering, especially of horses, for which he had a good eye.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • "If Massena has sent you to spy upon us, he may guess what the fire upon the mountain means."

    The Adventures of Gerard

  • He had no clothes on but a seaman's waistcoat, a pair of open-kneed linen drawers, and a blue linen shirt; but nothing to direct me so much as to guess what nation he was of.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • He felt that the solution was within reach, and tried to guess what it was, not so much in his capacity as a chief-inspector of the Judicial Police whose duty it was to identify a criminal and get a confession out of him, as in his capacity as a human being.

    Maigret in Society

  • But very likely the finding is what methodologist call a “demand effect”: respondents in the experiment guess what the experimenter wants!

    Experiential Marketing

  • I was planning on just getting a salad but the Panda Bear place was giving out free samples of sesame chicken ::yum:: so guess what I ended up eating?

    Miss Misery

  • When he did come and found them gone, he could at least tell their fam - ilies, and they would guess what had happened.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • Let me just say this: Mrs. Dranka had another sale, she put another ad in the paper, she held another open house, and my parents took Betty to it, and guess what instrument she picked?

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

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