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    "is anybody's guess"

    Hi,

    what is the exact meaning of "is anybody's guess"?
    Does it mean something like "I don't know" or "cannot quite say"?

    Can it be used as follows?

    A: Who will win the election this year?
    B: Both candidates are quite close in the mock polls.
    It's anybody's guess who will win.
    (Or, Who will win is anybody's guess.)

    Thanks

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    Re: "is anybody's guess"

    Quote Originally Posted by englishstudent View Post
    Hi,

    what is the exact meaning of "is anybody's guess"?
    Does it mean something like "I don't know" or "cannot quite say"?

    Can it be used as follows?

    A: Who will win the election this year?

    B: Both candidates are quite close in the mock polls.

    It's anybody's guess who will win.

    (Or, Who will win is anybody's guess.)

    Thanks
    It certainly means "I don't know", but it goes farther than that. It implies that the speaker thinks that nobody else knows either.

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    Re: "is anybody's guess"

    Thank you, MikeNewYork. :)

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    Re: "is anybody's guess"

    Quote Originally Posted by englishstudent View Post
    Thank you, MikeNewYork. :)
    You're welcome.

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