mean well

mean well
mean well
To have good intentions
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Main Entry:well

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mean well phrase
to intend something good, kind, or suitable, even though there is a bad result

I know she can be annoying but she means well.

Thesaurus: to intend to do somethingsynonym
Main entry: mean

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have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out

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mean well
: to want to do good or helpful things : to have good intentions

He means well, but he's not really helping anyone.

— see also well-meaning
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Main Entry:mean

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ˈmean well idiom
(usually disapproving) to have good intentions, although their effect may not be good
Main entry:meanidiom

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  • mean well — {v. phr.} To have good intentions. * /Fred generally means well, but he has a tendency to be tactless./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mean well — {v. phr.} To have good intentions. * /Fred generally means well, but he has a tendency to be tactless./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mean well — ► mean well have good intentions, but not always carry them out. Main Entry: ↑mean …   English terms dictionary

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  • mean well — have good intentions, but not always carry them out. → mean …   English new terms dictionary

  • mean\ well — v. phr. To have good intentions. Fred generally means well, but he has a tendency to be tactless …   Словарь американских идиом

  • mean well — wants to help, has good intentions    Kay is a gossip, but she means well. She tries to be a friend …   English idioms

  • mean well — to intend to be helpful. He s a good person, and I know he means well …   New idioms dictionary

  • mean well — to intend something good, kind, or suitable, even though there is a bad result I know she can be annoying but she means well …   English dictionary

  • mean well — have good intentions …   English contemporary dictionary

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