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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.


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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Everybody, it seems, decided that leaner was better than meaner.
He was a drunk and by most accounts meaner than the devil himself.
If you use the corporate model, downsizing sometimes makes you leaner and meaner, sometimes it leaves you smaller.
Of his few surviving poems, "You Meaner Beauties of the Night," written to Elizabeth of Bohemia, is the most famous.
The traditional merchants were not interested in establishing colonies and abandoned the Americas to a new group of merchants with meaner backgrounds.
Brill's mother first sent him to tap classes to keep him "out of trouble" on Chicago's meaner streets.
Why, even as a party boss, I'd bet He sweetly stroked the fattest cats, and yet In this campaign, this sordid travelogue, He now acts meaner than a junkyard dog.
Namco's premier arcade racer is now in the hands of a new developer, and it's much leaner and meaner.
The top of the range 265 costs pounds 26,025 and the leaner and meaner Cup version comes in at pounds 24,825.
VAUXHALL is aiming to clean up with a raft of improvements aimed at making its Insignia models cleaner and meaner than before.
The Glassboys' slide to the foot of the British Gas Business Premier table was typified by the worst goalsagainst record in the league, but they have become meaner and tougher and they have conceded just two in the last three matches.
That dismal return has left them only one point above the drop zone, but Megson feels a meaner streak in attack will help his side to climb the table.
Stung by criticism that the last one was tall and dumpy, VW designers have beefed up the shape with meaner nose, sinister front lights and sexy twin exhausts.
This is the second time you have done this and it is compounded by the fact your employer is a charitable organisation and it is difficult to think of a meaner theft in those circumstances, and particularly sad that this is the second time you have been involved in something such as this.