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by design

Deliberately and purposefully; as one planned or intended. I assure you that everything you saw has happened by design.
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a camel is a horse designed by a committee

Committees, due to their reliance on several different opinions and viewpoints, produce results that are fragmented, inefficient, or of poor quality, especially compared to the work of a single individual or a small team. A: "Did you see this latest memo? Can you believe the asinine decisions the task force made?" B: "Well, a camel is a horse designed by a committee."

(whether) by accident or design

Intentionally or not. Whether by accident or design, those high school kids have really created a solid, sustainable business.
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design (something) for (someone or something)

To create, devise, or plan something for someone or something. I asked our top graphic artist to design the visual component for this ad campaign.
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more by accident than (by) design

Due more to coincidence or luck than to one's own skill or planning. To be honest, I feel like the massive popularity of the app is more by accident than by design. A: "This stew is delicious!" B: "Thanks, but it's really more by accident than design."
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have designs on (someone or something)

To pursue something for one's own selfish reasons. I don't trust him because I think he has designs on my job.
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design something for someone

to conceive of something for someone; to draw up plans of something for someone. Ann designed a new kitchen for us. Would you design a book cover for me?
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design something for something

to conceive of something that is to be part of something else; to draw up plans for something that is to be part of something else. The engineers designed a cure for the rattling problem. Bob, the computer programmer, designed a fix for the bug in the program. She designed a system of shelving for the library.
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have designs on someone or something

Fig. to have plans to exploit or somehow take advantage of someone or something. Mrs. Brown has designs on my apple tree. I think she's going to cut off the part that hangs over her fence. Mary has designs on Bill. I think she'll try to date him.
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by design

On purpose, deliberately, as in Whether by luck or by design, his application was accepted. This term, originally put as on design, uses design in the sense of "plan." [First half of 1600s]
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have designs on

Contrive a secret plot or scheme, especially with selfish motives. For example, I think he has designs on my job, or Mary has designs on her sister's boyfriend. This term uses design in the sense of "a crafty plan," a usage dating from about 1700.
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have designs on something

If someone has designs on something, they want it and are planning to get it. The team has designs on a place in the Football League, and have a new stand rising at their Kingfield ground. Most observers believe that he has his own designs on power.
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have designs on someone

If one person has designs on another, the first person wants to have a sexual relationship with the second. The colonel had designs on Greg's wife.
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have designs on

aim to obtain something desired, especially in an underhand way.
2003 Economist Hardliners…think America has designs on its oil, and will act against Iran once it has disposed of Saddam Hussein.
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(whether) by ˌaccident or deˈsign

if you say that something happens by accident or design, you mean that you do not know if it has been planned or not: Mary was wearing the same T-shirt as me — whether by accident or design, I never knew.
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have deˈsigns on somebody/something

intend to take somebody/something for yourself, for example a job or a person who you find sexually attractive: Several people have got designs on the office manager’s post.I think she’s got designs on you, Peter.
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The advent of 65nm and 45nm process nodes has resulted in three significant design and manufacturing challenges:
For the 65nm/45nm process nodes, there is an urgent need for a solution that bridges the gap between OPC/RET and IC design -- specifically the timing impact of manufacturing-related layout modifications.
Design options include automatic unscrewing, stripper-plate and triple-plate models, positive-return ejection, cam action, shuttle frames and runnerless designs.
Runner and gate designs such as hot-runner, runnerless, and unscrewing molds are produced.
Olympus-SoC(TM) is a complete IC implementation offering from Sierra Design Automation targeted at 65nm/45nm designs.
It avoids notches and other types of post-processing completely to produce inherently more litho-friendly designs.
A number of full-chip designs targeted for various applications and ranging in size from 4 to 15 million gates have been taken through the Talus flow.
The high-capacity hierarchical design planning and prototyping capabilities in Blast Plan Pro enable designers to minimize the cycle time for top-level analysis and optimization on large and complex designs.
Founded in 2003, Athena Design is led by EDA veterans John Murphy and Dimitris Fotakis, both of whom have extensive experience in physical IC design.
The seventh annual International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) today announced keynote speeches by industry leaders and experts from Nokia, Samsung, Synopsys, Toshiba and TSMC who will discuss critical issues surrounding quality in electronic design.
Visual Elite addresses the need for viewing and manipulation of large designs with re-use of existing designs components.
Designs and builds injection molds primarily for thermoplastics.
Katherine Park, design, Burbank; Marsha Graniel, photography, Burbank; Pachaporn Pandensaeng, photography, Burbank; Adam Senate, photography, Burbank; Curran Wedner, photography, Burbank;
Utilizing concurrent engineering and integrated teaming, this customer-driven process has been developed to design or redesign components as functional castings.
90-63 significantly improves the treatment of accounting for the costs of package designs because it permits amortization of the costs of package designs on hand as of the beginning of the year of change.