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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?
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on purpose

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.
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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.
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on ˈpurpose

deliberately: 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.
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on purpose

Intentionally; deliberately.
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