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adjective mean pronunciation in American English /min/
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  1. 1
    informal cruel, or unkind
    Our teachers were just mean.
    be mean to someone: Don’t be so mean to your sister.
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    1. a.
      angry and violent
      a mean look in his eye
      a mean horse
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  2. 2
    [only before noun] informal excellent, or skillful
    She plays a mean game of tennis.
  3. 3
    mainly literary typical of the living conditions and environment of poor people
    a mean little house
    mean streets
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  4. 4
    British cheap (=not willing to spend money)
    She was too mean to turn on the heat.
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… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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