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accidentally on purpose
Seemingly unintentionally but actually deliberately. Sometimes hyphenated. Paula is pretty shy, so I think she forgot to attend the party accidentally on purpose.
With deliberate intention; not accidentally. I bet you he left his report card here on purpose so we would compliment him on his grades. I don't understand—why would you run into the bumper of another car on purpose? Did you do it on purpose, or was it an accident?
Inf. deliberate, but meant to look like an accident. Then, I accidentally-on-purpose spilled water on him.
intentionally; in a way that is meant or intended; not an accident. The bully stepped on my foot on purpose. Jealously, Jimmy destroyed Billy's sand castle on purpose.
1. Deliberately, intentionally, as in He left the photo out of the story on purpose. Shakespeare's use of this idiom was among the earliest; it appears in The Comedy of Errors (4:3): "On purpose shut the doors against his way."
2. accidentally on purpose. Seemingly accidentally but actually deliberately, as in She stepped on his foot accidentally on purpose. This generally jocular phrase was first recorded in 1862.
accidentally on purposeapparently by accident but in fact intentionally. humorous
acciˌdentally on ˈpurpose(informal, ironic) intending to do something, but wanting to appear to have done it by accident: ‘We’d just finished our meal when John realized he’d accidentally left his chequebook at home.’ ‘Accidentally on purpose, you mean!’
on ˈpurposedeliberately: He took the worst jobs he could find on purpose, and then wrote a book about his experiences. ♢ Don’t shout at me like that. I didn’t break it on purpose.
mod. deliberate, but meant to look like an accident. Then I accidentally-on-purpose spilled water on him.