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mean streak

An inclination, tendency, or propensity for cruelty, spite, malice, or violence. Her dad is usually a pretty nice, chilled out guy, but he's gets a real mean streak when he's been drinking. I think you should take your son to a therapist—he's got a mean streak that is very uncommon in a boy his age.
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mean streak

Fig. a tendency for a person to do things that are mean. I think that Wally has a mean streak that no one ever saw before this incident.
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mean streak, a

A tendency toward nastiness. In effect, the phrase implies that a person is not entirely bad but is given to occasional spiteful or malicious behavior. The Toronto Daily Star used it on June 16, 1960: “A girl who would be attracted to Bud’s mean streak and bad temper must be a little out to lunch.” See also out to lunch.
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But they have also kept clean sheets in their last five games all told since Toure has been re-united with Frenchman William Gallas to form a mean streak in the heart of the defence.
ANDY MILLEN wants St Mirren to develop a mean streak just like Clyde, the team he quit for Love Street.
But he admitted his old gaffer had a mean streak which would see him crush any weak individuals if they stood in his way.
The bustling striker may have a mean streak when it comes to sticking the ball in the back of the net but he turns into a gentle giant when he sees her face peering back at him from the computer screen.
On-loan Birmingham central defender Martin Taylor said : "It's vital for every team to have a mean streak because you simply can't win without it.
ALEX SMITH has demanded his Dundee United underachievers inject a mean streak into their play.
THIS refers to the article 'A mean streak' (July 13) by Irfan Husain.
Here's hoping they can show the same defensive mean streak this week.
The 28-year-old Catalan is more motivated too by his older brother Rene, who is currently on a mean streak with six straight wins, to keep grinding.
June Mar Fajardo, coming off a dominant display against TNT, tries to keep San Miguel's mean streak along with a plethora of talented teammates.
Toby's in bad shape, and Fred longs to rescue him from the old man with the mile-long mean streak who lives next door.
Winter A HARSH, raw, bone-chilling wind And unrelenting bitter cold Hard frosts whitening the frozen ground In a cruel winter tale told Ice glinting silver on streams and ponds Drifting snow carpeting the ground Hibernating wildlife seeking sanctuary as best it can But for some there is no escape to be found Early darkness reducing the daylight hours Leaving grey days as short and bleak Uncaring nature showing yet again Her evolutionary mean streak But on a far-distant day yet to come One that will make all wilting spirits sing She will herald the long-awaited arrival Of the golden glory that is life-affirming spring!
MATT KEEN ON A MEAN STREAK..BY DAVID ANDERSON MATT LOWTON admits Burnley need some wins - and fast - to kick-start their stalled season.
Henderson said: "All the folk around me tell me to stop being so friendly, that I've got to develop a mean streak.
Griffin also implied in her new (https://www.amazon.com/Kathy-Griffins-Celebrity-Run-Ins-Z/dp/1250115639) book , "Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index," that DeGeneres has a "mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about." While the comedian did not name DeGeneres, she gave clues about the identity of the person she was referring to, and they fit DeGeneres.