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MEAN. This word is sometimes used for mesne. (q.v.)

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Now in its 21st year, the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Awards program is now the longest running and one of the largest programs of its kind in the region.
Local entrepreneur and Hexham-based artist Mary Ann Rogers is a fan of the Women Mean Business event
The morning of Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, the British "We Mean Business" National Info Day will show how companies benefit from hosting international trainees.
The fact is there are two kinds of business people; those who are in business and those who mean business.
A SWANSEA executive has been named Welsh Women Mean Business Woman of the Year at the inaugural Welsh Women Mean Business Awards.
A ban on these would surely improve things when the living dead pour on to our streets at closing, and would show that we mean business.
Now the Shakti Women group is launching its own Women Mean Business seminar in the heart of the city on Wednesday, May 21.
Despite the increasing muscle of the competition, as exampled by CBRE's $2.2 billion acquisition of Trammell Crow last week, Hennessy predicts that Staubach's lean and mean business model will nonetheless eventually capture 20% of the market.
Rockefeller represents mean business every step of the way.
The name of Bubba shall be anathema?' They sell T shirts, mugs, and even barbecue aprons that aim to "show the infidel you mean business"--perfect for your local courthouse protest rally.
LIMERICK have shown already that they mean business in the league, and they could add to their two wins out of two.