mean (something) for the best

mean (something) for the best

To intend for one's actions to have a positive outcome. I meant that for the best—I really wasn't trying to hurt your feelings.
See also: mean

do, mean, etc. something for the ˈbest

do or say something in order to achieve a good result or to help somebody: I just don’t know what to do for the best.I’m sorry if my advice offended you — I meant it for the best.
See also: something