Idiom:  mean well

Meaning 

Idiom:  mean well

  • to have a good or helpful intention, even though the result is bad


Example sentences

  • I’m sure your daughter meant well when she tried to wash your phone.
  • I know you mean well but I prefer doing my own ironing.
  • My mother meant well bringing us up in an extremely strict household but it made us rebel against her and other authority figures.
  • Don't assume anything negative by his comment. I'm sure he meant well.
  • Although you mean well, always asking her about her health makes her focus on the pain.
  • My brother meant well when he told me there are other fish in the sea but I still think Shawn is my soulmate and I want him back.
  • You mean well but you're always giving unsolicited advice instead of really listening.
  • He said something really rude but I know he meant well. His English is getting better every day and I don't want to discourage him.
  • I really feel awful that you felt insulted.  I meant well and apologize for the misunderstanding.


Synonyms

  • have good intentions
  • have the best /right intentions
  • have one's heart in the right place
  • try to do the right thing


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