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adjective mean pronunciation in British English /miːn/
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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
    British not willing to spend money. The usual American word is cheap
    She was too mean to put the heating on.
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  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. 5
    [only before noun] informal excellent, or skilful
    She plays a mean game of tennis.

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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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