Intend to, as in I meant to go running this morning but got up too late, or I'm sorry I broke it—I didn't mean to. This idiom was first recorded in 1560.
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I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What they actually mean by that is, you know, he actually knows some people that are poor.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee|Sally Kohn|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What does Bondi mean that clerks now should “determine how to proceed”?The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What is most troubling is our – and I do mean “our” and not “their” – never treating these situations as learning opportunities.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion|Gene Robinson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Hilda, trembling at the door, more than half expected Mr. Orgreave to say: "You mean, she's invited herself."
All the operations of her brain related themselves somehow to to-morrow afternoon.
He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
It was difficult, with the mean appliances of the time, to wring subsistence from the reluctant earth.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock