Meaning of “mean well” in the English Dictionary

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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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(Definition of “mean well” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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)