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mean something

 (to someone)
1. Lit. to make sense to someone. Does this line mean anything to you? Yes, it means something.
2. Fig. [for someone] to cause positive feelings in another person. You mean a lot to me. This job means a lot to Ann.

mean

mod. having to do with someone or something that is very good; cool. This music is mean, man, mean. What a great sound!
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Here we prove the meanness of the splitting graph of the path [P.
In a paper "When Executives Rake in Millions: Meanness in Organizations" written in collaboration with Rice University and University of Utah, author Sreedhari Desai says "Increasing executive compensation results in executives behaving meanly toward those lower down the hierarchy".
The book has a heartbreaking undertone that suggests this lack of power is just a part of life and that meanness is an outlet for aggression, as well as a way for girls to perform their femininity.
Every school has mean kids, but let these boys' meanness be their problem-- not yours.
Among the important real-world lessons that Seven Things They Don't Teach You In Seminary expounds are "Churches Are Really Institutions, Not Centers of Spirituality", "Every Successful Minister Is Drowning in a Sea of Minutiae", "There Is a Meanness in Some Church Members that Is Simply Incredible", and "The Calling to Be a Minister Transcends All the Problems that Being a Minister Entails".
Jackson Frost's (played by Michelle Anne Johnson) romp with his dim-bulb beloved Elissa (Audrey Siegel) has a touch of meanness to it, and the plastic surgery and Botox addiction jokes -- well, how could you skip them -- get to be a bit much.
I'm surrounded by an enormous amount of letters and e-mails and phone calls [from] people publicly supporting me who are Christians, who are saying to me, "Look, we're getting to witness firsthand the meanness of what's gone on in the name of Jesus Christ for a long time now.
Jo's moodiness is obvious but hasn't yet reached the riptides of anger and meanness that develop as her personality evolves across the years.
Permission Slips is not sanitized for one's emotional protection, like most novels about a ninth- grader lost in the chaos of high school are, and not intended expressly for young adults--which may be a moot point since far too many young people live in the world of meanness, uncontrolled sexuality, mindless conformity, and brutal demands to be cruel enough and dumb enough to fit in with the group.
We also learned how to recognize all types of bullying and meanness and how best to handle each situation so we, the counselors, could create a tribe that would have zero tolerance for these types of acts.
Since then I have attempted to choose daily change as a way of life, deconstructing the cage that, unchecked, reasserts itself through the quick lies and self-deception, meanness of spirit and the jealousies that so quickly take control.
We are fed up of being used as ``milch-cows'' by the Government, which shows meanness on the one hand, and profligacy (the Millennium Dome, anyone?
Defeated by his quest for shine, Boy Boy projects his frustrations onto his wife, who then converts her anger at him into fuel for a meanness that will give her life meaning but will damage her children.
A little man with a foul mouth, a fearful volatility, and a basic meanness.
Actually, conservatives have been doing quite well in the meanness sweepstakes, thanks largely to the impressive efforts of Ann Coulter.