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a mean (something)

Said of something that is particularly impressive or appealing. I make a mean stew—are you sure you don't want to stay for dinner? You should ask that guy to join your band—he plays a mean sax.
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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.

a mean something

mod. having to do with an excellent example of the art of doing something well habitually. John plays the piano quite well. Fred says that John plays a mean piano.
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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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