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spek yuh lay ter

  • n  someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts
  • n  someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains

  • Oil is now above $70 per barrel, meaning huge profits for some speculators.
  • JOHN ALOYSIUS COLEMAN Among all the speculators in stocks, no one, day in and day out, takes greater risks than John Aloysius Coleman, 58, a trim, broad-shouldered Irishman.
  • Baruch was proud to have been a speculator, but he cringed at the implications the term came to carry.
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  • Henry Paulson in Los Angeles Times
    Being underwater does not affect your ability to pay your mortgage,Paulson said in a speech Monday. "Any homeowner who can afford his mortgage payments, but chooses to walk away from an underwater property is simply a speculator - and one...
  • Barack Obama in WERC
    If Iran can cut off the petroleum-rich Strait of Hormuz, one speculator predicted the pump price for a gallon of gasoline would be $12,Obama said.
  • Michael Cullen in The Dominion Post
    Perhaps he should stick to being a money market speculator rather than cut across Mr English's attempts to be more fiscally conservative,Dr Cullen said.

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