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

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"When Manchester United came to town [at West Ham] they'd be in their blazers and looked like they meant business. Seeing Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time made a deep impression on me."
Although there were far fewer viewers of the sale-ring action than last week, those who were in Newmarket meant business, with the result that most people who put sensible reserves on their yearlings were rewarded.
WEST Bromwich Albion star Zoltan Gera showed he meant business as he logged on to Albion's new website The site - - is the new home of the Baggies' Sales & Marketing Team.