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mean (something) by (something)
To have some hidden or ulterior meaning, judgment, or intention behind one's words or actions. Often used in questions and negative constructions. I didn't mean anything by what I said—I was just making an observation about your clothes, that's all! A: "It's not bad, for someone like you." B: "Hey, what do you mean by that?"
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mean by something
to intend a certain meaning by words or deeds. What do you mean by that? I did not mean anything special by my remarks.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- mean by
- do (something) out of the goodness of (one's) heart
- do (something) out of the kindness of (one's) heart
- be (one's) brother's keeper
- be brother's keeper
- have it both ways
- (not) know jack (about someone or something)
- (not) know jack all (about someone or something)
- (not) know jack shit (about someone or something)