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

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The only difference was that the Conservatives would do the same as the Labour Government except a little more slowly and a little more meanly. The public naturally thinks that, of two such offers, they will take the one that is most generous.
"'You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous."' He has been remembering his former desire to "'think meanly of all the rest of the world"' and his "'wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own.
Two previous winners of this race are in the field, but Divine Miss-P, like Double Oscar, has run two or three lengths behind last year's peak, while Ansellman, the 1996 winner, might well prefer another furlong nowadays and looks meanly priced at 11-2.
The worst were where tempting square footage was meanly divided into small chunks, where the odd glimpse of countryside and an old beam or two were the only compensation for lack of privacy and garden and possibly a working farm as a neighbour.
Ruth is the beautiful friend, devoted to art and to free-spirited passion, whom Ann loves with a flame "of the eternal variety." Both women are strictly heterosexual, although there is one embarrassing scene on a camping trip in which Ruth teases Ann rather meanly and finally gets from her a passionate kiss.
In a paper "When Executives Rake in Millions: Meanness in Organizations" written in collaboration with Rice University and University of Utah, author Sreedhari Desai says "Increasing executive compensation results in executives behaving meanly toward those lower down the hierarchy".
Like all the people who had the garage's courtesy car before us, we were determined, very meanly, not to put even a fiver's worth of petrol in the tank.
TO taste wine like Jilly Goolden types, follow this process: Pour out a little wine and stare meanly at it against a white surface to determine the colour.
l Don't be in denial that your daughter is behaving meanly. You don't do your kid any favours by not seeing her as she really is.
How many women will rub such a thing meanly between thumb and forefinger and utter those all-important three little words.
WHEN you are young, ambitious and striving to turn heads in a competitive trade, sometimes the day can appear meanly short of hours.