sneaking suspicion

A premonition, or hunch. A belief based on very little evidence.

I have the sneaking suspicion that he has already taken a decision about this.


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  • sneaking — [snē′kiŋ] adj. 1. cowardly, stealthy, underhanded, or furtive [a sneaking manner] 2. not admitted or made known to others; secret [a sneaking fondness for candy] 3. slight, or slight but increasing [a sneaking suspicion] sneakingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • suspicion — [n1] doubt bad vibes*, chariness, conjecture, cynicism, distrust, dubiety, dubiosity, funny feeling*, guess, guesswork, gut feeling*, hunch, idea, impression, incertitude, incredulity, jealousy, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, nonbelief …   New thesaurus

  • sneaking — sneak|ing [ snikıŋ ] adjective BRITISH a sneaking feeling is one that you are not sure about or do not want to have: a sneaking admiration/respect for someone: I have always had a sneaking admiration for him. a sneaking suspicion/feeling: I had a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sneaking — UK [ˈsniːkɪŋ] / US [ˈsnɪkɪŋ] adjective a sneaking feeling is one that you are not sure about or do not want to have a sneaking admiration/respect for someone: I have always had a sneaking admiration for him. a sneaking suspicion/fear/feeling: I… …   English dictionary

  • sneaking — sneak|ing [ˈsni:kıŋ] adj have a sneaking feeling/suspicion/admiration to have a feeling about something or someone, but to not say anything about it because you are not sure or you might be embarrassed ▪ I always had a sneaking admiration for him …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sneaking — adjective 1 have a sneaking admiration/affection etc for to have a secret feeling of admiration etc for someone 2 have a sneaking suspicion/feeling (that) to have a slight feeling that someone has done something wrong without being sure: I have a …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspicion — noun 1 (C, U) a feeling that someone is probably guilty of doing something wrong or dishonest: have your suspicions (=think you probably know who did something wrong): I m not sure who took it, but I have my suspicions. | have a sneaking… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspicion — sus|pi|cion [səˈspıʃən] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Latin; Origin: suspicio, from suspicere; SUSPECT1] 1.) [U and C] a feeling you have that someone is probably guilty of doing something wrong or dishonest ▪ I can t say for definite who did it, but I… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspicion — [[t]səspɪ̱ʃ(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ suspicions 1) N VAR: oft N that, N of n, under N, on N of n Suspicion or a suspicion is a belief or feeling that someone has committed a crime or done something wrong. There was a suspicion that this runner attempted to… …   English dictionary

  • sneaking — [[t]sni͟ːkɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A sneaking feeling is a slight or vague feeling, especially one that you are unwilling to accept. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to succeed... I ve always had this sneaking admiration for him …   English dictionary

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