- (colloquial, business, of creating a work) With the hope of selling it, as opposed to on commission (for hire).
- I'm writing an article on spec. I hope some magazine will buy it.
- 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 36:
- "Why doubt his guilt?"
- Wolfe's shoulders went up a fraction of an inch, and down again. "Divination. Contrariety."
- "I see." Unger pursed his midget mouth, which didn't need pursing. "You're shooting at it on spec."
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