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"mean well" in British English

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mean well

C2 to do what you think will be helpful, although by doing it you might cause problems without intending to: I know he means well, but he just gets in the way.
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"mean well" in American English

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mean well

to intend to be helpful, esp. when you unintentionally cause problems instead: He means well, but he keeps trying to help with things he doesn't really understand.
(Definition of mean well from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mean well”
in Chinese (Simplified) 本意是好的,出发点是好的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本意是好的,出發點是好的…
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