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guess what

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EtymologyEdit

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

PhraseEdit

guess what

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see guess,‎ what.
  2. (idiomatic) Used to introduce a surprising outcome or one that the hearer is not expected to try to guess.
    • 2007, David Richmond, The Software Entrepreneur’s Template[1], page 15:
      Guess what the top two success drivers were from his detailed research: a unique, superior, differentiated product; strong market orientation and voice of the customer built in. Guess what the top two deficiencies were: lack of market orientation; poor quality of execution.
    • 2011, Bob Merritt, When Life's Not Working: 7 Simple Choices for a Better Tomorrow[2], page 57:
      She started down on one end, and whether she knew you or not, she walked right up to you, got six inches away from your face, and said, “Guess what, I won!”
    • 2011, Jen Jones, The Girl's Guide to Wizards: Everything Magical about These Spellbinders[3], page 17:
      Have you ever said “abracadabra”, “hocus pocus”, or “presto chango”? Well, guess what? You were casting a spell!
  3. (idiomatic) Used to dramatize the introduction of an unsurprising outcome.
    I've only had two job interviews and – guess what – no job offers.
    • 2011, Sandra Gila, Vortex: The Journey of a Nursing Home Survivor[4], page 160:
      Yesterday evening at 6:30 P.M. there's a new charge nurse, he's going to give me my seizure medication and guess what? There isn't any!

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