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mean to say

To intend to say; to really mean. Sorry, what I meant to say was that I'll be 30 minutes late, not early. Do you mean to say that we made even less money this quarter?
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mean to say

really admit or intend to say.
1977 Jennifer Johnston Shadows on our Skin I mean to say, Joe Logan , where are you if you can't resist putting a small white tube of poison into your mouth every half an hour?
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mean to ˈsay

used to emphasize what you are saying or to ask somebody if they really mean what they say: I mean to say, you should have known how he would react!Do you mean to say you’ve lost it?
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"I meant to say...I meant to say...I came for this...to be my wife!" he brought out, not knowing what he was saying; but feeling that the most terrible thing was said, he stopped short and looked at her...
But before Dorothea could reply the curate anticipated her, saying, "The princess meant to say that after she had landed at Malaga the first place where she heard of your worship was Osuna."
Mazarin made a grimace, as if he meant to say, "But he does not wear the cardinal's cap;" then he added:
"I meant to say--I only meant to say," said the prince, faltering, "I merely meant to explain to Aglaya Ivanovna--to have the honour to explain, as it were--that I had no intention--never had--to ask the honour of her hand.
It is also likely he meant to say "torn" not "born" in his speech on Friday.
Whether they're meant to say "Feel better," "I'm sorry," or "Goodnight," all kisses have a special way of saying "I love you."
From where I sat watching her on national TV, she meant to say and assert her 'right to self discrimination,' i.e., the right to consider herself different from and above all the rest of human kind who are subject to the elementary rules of fair play and decency.
Tampa, FL, June 02, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Nancy Harris, Tampa family lawyer and senior partner of Harris & Hunt, PA, was selected to deliver a workshop, "Oops, I Meant to Say - Why Words Matter in Collaboration" at the 5th Annual European Collaborative Practice Conference hosted by The Dutch Association of Collaborative Professionals (VvCP) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Riga mayor said that what he had meant to say by posting the cartoon on Twitter was to underline that many people, who had suffered from the Soviet regime, were still living in poverty today and the Soviet power could not be blamed for this.
NO doubt the Lancashire schoolboy who landed in trouble for writing "I live in a terrorist house" meant to say "terraced".
What else is he meant to say? iagree a new broom is required but it'd be interested to see how many takers there would befor Ameobi if he becomes a free in the summer.
I accept I should not have compared Bishop's drawl with the way they speak, and I really meant to say that no-one speaks like HIM.
I suspected that what he really meant to say was that I'm ugly.
What he obviously meant to say was that the main roads are fine - which they are - but once again the side roads and pavements are a nightmare.
The 47-year-old actor later apologised, saying that he meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one, insisting that he meant to say maggot but he have a lisp.