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used in David Copperfield

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  • 'I mean to stay where I am.'
    Chapters 58-60 (75% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 'Do you mean the house, ma'am?' asked my mother.
    Chapters 1-3 (11% in)
  • 'Bless the Baby!' exclaimed Miss Betsey, unconsciously quoting the second sentiment of the pincushion in the drawer upstairs, but applying it to my mother instead of me, 'I don't mean that.
    Chapters 1-3 (14% in)
  • I mean your servant-girl.'
    Chapters 1-3 (14% in)
  • 'Do you mean to say, child, that any human being has gone into a Christian church, and got herself named Peggotty?'
    Chapters 1-3 (14% in)
  • I look at the sunlight coming in at the open door through the porch, and there I see a stray sheep — I don't mean a sinner, but mutton — half making up his mind to come into the church.
    Chapters 1-3 (33% in)
  • 'What does that mean?'
    Chapters 1-3 (41% in)
  • 'Then, how can you dare,' said my mother — 'you know I don't mean how can you dare, Peggotty, but how can you have the heart — to make me so uncomfortable and say such bitter things to me, when you are well aware that I haven't, out of this place, a single friend to turn to?'
    Chapters 1-3 (44% in)
  • But at this point Peggotty — I mean my own peculiar Peggotty — made such impressive motions to me not to ask any more questions, that I could only sit and look at all the silent company, until it was time to go to bed.
    Chapters 1-3 (76% in)
  • I mean him.
    Chapters 1-3 (80% in)
  • — Not for our own sakes, I mean.
    Chapters 1-3 (81% in)
  • 'Oh, it'll soon leave off,' said Peggotty — I again mean our Peggotty — 'and besides, you know, it's not more disagreeable to you than to us.'
    Chapters 1-3 (88% in)
  • What do you mean by it, Peggotty?'
    Chapters 4-6 (2% in)
  • 'OUR own house, I mean,' faltered my mother, evidently frightened — 'I hope you must know what I mean, Edward — it's very hard that in YOUR own house I may not have a word to say about domestic matters.
    Chapters 4-6 (13% in)
  • 'OUR own house, I mean,' faltered my mother, evidently frightened — 'I hope you must know what I mean, Edward — it's very hard that in YOUR own house I may not have a word to say about domestic matters.
    Chapters 4-6 (13% in)
  • I understood this to mean Miss Murdstone, and was sensible of the urgency of the case; her room being close by.
    Chapters 4-6 (38% in)
  • 'Peggotty, do you mean, sir?'
    Chapters 4-6 (46% in)
  • 'You don't mean to say it's a batter-pudding!'
    Chapters 4-6 (54% in)
  • A short walk brought us — I mean the Master and me — to Salem House, which was enclosed with a high brick wall, and looked very dull.
    Chapters 4-6 (74% in)
  • Not that I mean to say these were special marks of distinction, which only I received.
    Chapters 7-9 (1% in)
  • What a launch in life I think it now, on looking back, to be so mean and servile to a man of such parts and pretensions!
    Chapters 7-9 (3% in)
  • 'What does this mean!
    Chapters 7-9 (18% in)
  • — 'To insult one who is not fortunate in life, sir, and who never gave you the least offence, and the many reasons for not insulting whom you are old enough and wise enough to understand,' said Mr. Mell, with his lips trembling more and more, 'you commit a mean and base action.
    Chapters 7-9 (20% in)
  • When you take the liberty of calling me mean or base, or anything of that sort, you are an impudent beggar.
    Chapters 7-9 (20% in)
  • 'What did he mean by talking about favourites, then?' said Steerforth at length.
    Chapters 7-9 (22% in)
  • 'And pray, what did you mean by that, sir?' demanded Mr. Creakle, turning angrily on his assistant.
    Chapters 7-9 (22% in)
  • 'Then he said I was mean, and then he said I was base, and then I called him a beggar.
    Chapters 7-9 (23% in)
  • 'Since you expect me, Mr. Creakle, to justify myself,' said Steerforth, 'and to say what I mean, — what I have to say is, that his mother lives on charity in an alms-house.'
    Chapters 7-9 (25% in)
  • 'Now that he's got a brother, I mean,' said Peggotty.
    Chapters 7-9 (55% in)
  • 'I know what you mean, you cross thing,' said my mother.
    Chapters 7-9 (56% in)
  • ...say, over and over again, that on this account she wished to spare me a great deal of trouble, which she thinks I am not suited for, and which I really don't know myself that I AM suited for; and isn't she up early and late, and going to and fro continually — and doesn't she do all sorts of things, and grope into all sorts of places, coal-holes and pantries and I don't know where, that can't be very agreeable — and do you mean to insinuate that there is not a sort of devotion in that?'
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • When I call you a ridiculous creature, or a vexatious thing, or anything of that sort, Peggotty, I only mean that you are my true friend, and always have been, ever since the night when Mr. Copperfield first brought me home here, and you came out to the gate to meet me.'
    Chapters 7-9 (59% in)
  • 'And what do you mean to do, Peggotty,' says I, wistfully.
    Chapters 10-12 (4% in)
  • 'Do you mean to go and seek your fortune?'
    Chapters 10-12 (4% in)
  • Don't hide, you know; that's mean.
    Chapters 10-12 (55% in)
  • I wouldn't be mean if I was you.
    Chapters 10-12 (55% in)
  • What I mean to express is, that there is nothing to eat in the house.'
    Chapters 10-12 (66% in)
  • 'Why, what do you mean?' said the tinker, looking so sternly at me, that I almost feared he saw the money in my pocket.
    Chapters 13-15 (18% in)
  • 'What do you mean,' said the tinker, 'by wearing my brother's silk handkerchief!
    Chapters 13-15 (18% in)
  • 'To beg of her, you mean,' retorted the damsel.
    Chapters 13-15 (23% in)
  • Her hair, which was grey, was arranged in two plain divisions, under what I believe would be called a mob-cap; I mean a cap, much more common then than now, with side-pieces fastening under the chin.
    Chapters 13-15 (31% in)
  • When I had bathed, they (I mean my aunt and Janet) enrobed me in a shirt and a pair of trousers belonging to Mr. Dick, and tied me up in two or three great shawls.
    Chapters 13-15 (36% in)
  • 'What do you mean?
    Chapters 13-15 (38% in)
  • 'Trotwood Copperfield, you mean,' returned my aunt.
    Chapters 13-15 (77% in)
  • I know what you mean,' cried Mr. Wickfield.
    Chapters 13-15 (94% in)
  • 'Never,' said my aunt, 'be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel.
    Chapters 13-15 (97% in)
  • He was in his library (I mean Doctor Strong was), with his clothes not particularly well brushed, and his hair not particularly well combed; his knee-smalls unbraced; his long black gaiters unbuttoned; and his shoes yawning like two caverns on the hearth-rug.
    Chapters 16-18 (1% in)
  • 'Ah, but you mean here, at your own home?'
    Chapters 16-18 (9% in)
  • 'Why, because Annie's a charming young girl, and the old Doctor — Doctor Strong, I mean — is not quite a charming young boy,' said Mr. Jack Maldon, laughing.
    Chapters 16-18 (12% in)
  • I only mean that I suppose some compensation is fair and reasonable in that sort of marriage.'
    Chapters 16-18 (12% in)
  • I mean to complain to your husband.
    Chapters 16-18 (36% in)
  • I am a sensible fellow, I believe — I believe, on looking back, I mean — and modest I am sure; but all this goes on notwithstanding.
    Chapters 16-18 (96% in)
  • 'But what I want you to be, Trot,' resumed my aunt, '— I don't mean physically, but morally; you are very well physically — is, a firm fellow.
    Chapters 19-21 (5% in)
  • 'But now I mean to do it,' returned the Doctor.
    Chapters 19-21 (12% in)
  • You know what I mean,' said Steerforth.
    Chapters 19-21 (35% in)
  • 'And what the devil do you mean,' retorted Steerforth, 'by putting Mr. Copperfield into a little loft over a stable?'
    Chapters 19-21 (35% in)
  • 'It is education for a very grave profession, if you mean that, Rosa,' Mrs. Steerforth answered with some coldness.
    Chapters 19-21 (44% in)
  • You mean it's not!' returned Miss Dartle.
    Chapters 19-21 (44% in)
  • 'That is a black shadow to be following the girl,' said Steerforth, standing still; 'what does it mean?'
    Chapters 22-24 (16% in)
  • 'What do you mean, Miss Mowcher?' said Steerforth.
    Chapters 22-24 (24% in)
  • 'In what way do you mean?
    Chapters 22-24 (30% in)
  • 'I never heard her name,' said I. 'I didn't mean to interrupt you.'
    Chapters 22-24 (41% in)
  • 'You don't mean to say that there is any affinity between nautical matters and ecclesiastical matters?'
    Chapters 22-24 (54% in)
  • 'I don't, indeed, my dear boy,' he returned; 'but I mean to say that they are managed and decided by the same set of people, down in that same Doctors' Commons.
    Chapters 22-24 (54% in)
  • You don't mean chimneys?' said my aunt.
    Chapters 22-24 (79% in)
  • 'My dear Agnes,' I began, 'if you mean Steerforth —'
    Chapters 25-27 (5% in)
  • I only ask you, Trotwood, if you ever think of me — I mean,' with a quiet smile, for I was going to interrupt her, and she knew why, 'as often as you think of me — to think of what I have said.
    Chapters 25-27 (7% in)
  • That mean, fawning fellow, worm himself into such promotion!'
    Chapters 25-27 (9% in)
  • He has mastered papa's weaknesses, fostered them, and taken advantage of them, until — to say all that I mean in a word, Trotwood, — until papa is afraid of him.'
    Chapters 25-27 (10% in)
  • 'Oh, I don't mean him!'
    Chapters 25-27 (17% in)
  • 'I mean the gentleman named Traddles.'
    Chapters 25-27 (17% in)
  • 'Do you mean the D. of A.'s?' said Mr. Spiker.
    Chapters 25-27 (23% in)
  • 'Oh, really, Master Copperfield, — I mean Mister Copperfield,' said Uriah, 'to see you waiting upon me is what I never could have expected!
    Chapters 25-27 (29% in)
  • It went from me with a shock, like a ball fired from a rifle: but the image of Agnes, outraged by so much as a thought of this red-headed animal's, remained in my mind when I looked at him, sitting all awry as if his mean soul griped his body, and made me giddy.
    Chapters 25-27 (37% in)
  • 'Do you mean a compliment?' said Dora, 'or that the weather has really changed?'
    Chapters 25-27 (66% in)
  • We are not going to confide in any such cross people, Jip and I. We mean to bestow our confidence where we like, and to find out our own friends, instead of having them found out for us — don't we, Jip?'
    Chapters 25-27 (68% in)
  • I don't mean the dreams that I dreamed on that day alone, but day after day, from week to week, and term to term.
    Chapters 25-27 (72% in)
  • 'Do you really mean that?' said I. He was so composed, that I fancied he must have some other meaning.
    Chapters 25-27 (87% in)
  • I mean it,' replied Traddles.
    Chapters 25-27 (87% in)
  • In short, the banquet was such a failure that I should have been quite unhappy — about the failure, I mean, for I was always unhappy about Dora — if I had not been relieved by the great good humour of my company, and by a bright suggestion from Mr. Micawber.
    Chapters 28-30 (10% in)
  • 'If no member of my family,' said Mrs. Micawber, 'is possessed of sufficient natural feeling to negotiate that bill — I believe there is a better business-term to express what I mean —'
    Chapters 28-30 (29% in)
  • Micawber don't mean any harm, poor fellow: but, if I were you, I wouldn't lend him anything.'
    Chapters 28-30 (39% in)
  • 'Barkis, do you mean?'
    Chapters 28-30 (47% in)
  • — You mean to go tomorrow, I suppose?' he said, holding me out at arm's length, with a hand on each of my shoulders.
    Chapters 28-30 (51% in)
  • 'You mean it is a little dry, perhaps?'
    Chapters 28-30 (61% in)
  • — for him; I don't mean you?'
    Chapters 28-30 (61% in)
  • I hardly understand even what you mean.'
    Chapters 28-30 (64% in)
  • If you understand,' said Mr. Omer, after rubbing his chin again, and smoking a little, 'what I mean in a general way by the expression, "A long pull, and a strong pull, and a pull altogether, my hearties, hurrah!"
    Chapters 28-30 (84% in)
  • Why, you doen't mean to ask me that!
    Chapters 28-30 (93% in)
  • I mean I was not dressed up in a black coat and a streamer, to frighten the birds; but I walked over to Blunderstone early in the morning, and was in the churchyard when it came, attended only by Peggotty and her brother.
    Chapters 31-33 (4% in)
  • But no, sir, no; I doen't mean as it should be deserted.
    Chapters 31-33 (24% in)
  • 'On the life before you, do you mean?'
    Chapters 31-33 (26% in)
  • That good creature — I mean Peggotty — all untired by her late anxieties and sleepless nights, was at her brother's, where she meant to stay till morning.
    Chapters 31-33 (32% in)
  • 'Do you mean that there is money, sir?'
    Chapters 31-33 (72% in)
  • I mean he had not the unutterable happiness that I had in being so near you.'
    Chapters 31-33 (95% in)
  • But of course you don't mean what you say.
    Chapters 31-33 (96% in)
  • But when I say the eldest is a Beauty, I mean she really is a —' he seemed to be describing clouds about himself, with both hands: 'Splendid, you know,' said Traddles, energetically.
    Chapters 34-36 (6% in)
  • 'And you mean to say the little thing is very fascinating, I suppose?'
    Chapters 34-36 (27% in)
  • '— I don't mean your sister, Trot, my dear, but myself — had a certain property.
    Chapters 34-36 (46% in)
  • 'Go for a soldier, do you mean?' returned my aunt, alarmed; 'or go to sea?
    Chapters 34-36 (50% in)
  • Not that I mean to say it's rigidly limited to seventy pounds a-year, because I have always contemplated making any young friend I might thus employ, a present too.
    Chapters 34-36 (69% in)
  • 'I mean the real prosaic fact, you know —'
    Chapters 34-36 (93% in)
  • 'It would be better for yourself, and all of us, if you WERE mercenary, Mr. Copperfield — I mean, if you were more discreet and less influenced by all this youthful nonsense.
    Chapters 37-39 (36% in)
  • I found Uriah in possession of a new, plaster-smelling office, built out in the garden; looking extraordinarily mean, in the midst of a quantity of books and papers.
    Chapters 37-39 (75% in)
  • He looked at me sideways, and said with his hardest grin, 'You mean mother.'
    Chapters 37-39 (82% in)
  • 'Do you mean that you are jealous of a female person?'
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)
  • 'What do you mean?' said I. 'Why, though I am a lawyer, Master Copperfield,' he replied, with a dry grin, 'I mean, just at present, what I say.'
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)
  • 'What do you mean?' said I. 'Why, though I am a lawyer, Master Copperfield,' he replied, with a dry grin, 'I mean, just at present, what I say.'
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)
  • 'And what do you mean by your look?'
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)
  • What do I mean by my look?'
    Chapters 40-42 (60% in)
  • I mean Mr. Maldon!'
    Chapters 40-42 (61% in)
  • 'You villain,' said I, 'what do you mean by entrapping me into your schemes?
    Chapters 40-42 (86% in)
  • As we stood, front to front, I saw so plainly, in the stealthy exultation of his face, what I already so plainly knew; I mean that he forced his confidence upon me, expressly to make me miserable, and had set a deliberate trap for me in this very matter; that I couldn't bear it.
    Chapters 40-42 (87% in)
  • I felt only less mean than he.
    Chapters 40-42 (90% in)
  • I don't mean to reproach you, my dear, but this is not comfortable.'
    Chapters 43-45 (28% in)
  • Heaven knows I don't mean to be unreasonable, aunt!'
    Chapters 43-45 (32% in)
  • She answered without moving, otherwise than as the arm I twined about her may have brought her blue eyes nearer to me: 'I don't mean, you silly fellow, that you should use the name instead of Dora.
    Chapters 43-45 (47% in)
  • I only mean that you should think of me that way.
    Chapters 43-45 (47% in)
  • When the debates were heavy — I mean as to length, not quality, for in the last respect they were not often otherwise — and I went home late, Dora would never rest when she heard my footsteps, but would always come downstairs to meet me.
    Chapters 43-45 (55% in)
  • 'But I mean, boy,' resuming his gravity, 'what do you consider me in this respect?' touching his forehead.
    Chapters 43-45 (68% in)
  • ...you for herself, and she is blameless in intention every way, I am sure, — but when I saw how many importunate claims were pressed upon you in my name; how you were traded on in my name; how generous you were, and how Mr. Wickfield, who had your welfare very much at heart, resented it; the first sense of my exposure to the mean suspicion that my tenderness was bought — and sold to you, of all men on earth — fell upon me like unmerited disgrace, in which I forced you to participate.
    Chapters 43-45 (90% in)
  • I mean this low girl whom he picked out of the tide-mud,' with her black eyes full upon me, and her passionate finger up, 'may be alive, — for I believe some common things are hard to die.
    Chapters 46-48 (21% in)
  • He stood moodily rattling the money, and shaking his head, until at length he said: 'Is this all you mean to give me, then?'
    Chapters 46-48 (63% in)
  • 'I have become shabby enough, if you mean that,' he said.
    Chapters 46-48 (64% in)
  • Let me explain to you what I mean.'
    Chapters 46-48 (77% in)
  • 'I think that the two together, Copperfield,' replied Traddles, 'mean more than Mr. and Mrs. Micawber usually mean in their correspondence — but I don't know what.
    Chapters 49-51 (10% in)
  • 'I think that the two together, Copperfield,' replied Traddles, 'mean more than Mr. and Mrs. Micawber usually mean in their correspondence — but I don't know what.
    Chapters 49-51 (10% in)
  • What I say, I mean to do!'
    Chapters 49-51 (52% in)
  • This is what I had to say; and what I say, I mean to do!'
    Chapters 49-51 (55% in)
  • You're in a fright, and don't know what you say or mean.
    Chapters 52-54 (30% in)
  • He was a coward, from head to foot; and showed his dastardly nature through his sullenness and mortification, as much as at any time of his mean life.
    Chapters 52-54 (44% in)
  • 'Good gracious, I didn't mean that, ma'am,' said my aunt.
    Chapters 52-54 (50% in)
  • 'I mean, are all these yours?'
    Chapters 52-54 (50% in)
  • I don't mean in years only, but in experience, and thoughts, and everything.
    Chapters 52-54 (61% in)
  • At the request of Traddles, most affectionate and devoted of friends in my trouble, we returned to Canterbury: I mean my aunt, Agnes, and I. We proceeded by appointment straight to Mr. Micawber's house; where, and at Mr. Wickfield's, my friend had been labouring ever since our explosive meeting.
    Chapters 52-54 (68% in)
  • — I do not mean to be conferred in Baptism upon our children, but to be inscribed on Bills of Exchange, and negotiated in the Money Market.'
    Chapters 52-54 (75% in)
  • '— thousand, do you mean?' inquired my aunt, with uncommon composure, 'or pounds?'
    Chapters 52-54 (84% in)
  • 'Many people can be very mean, when they give their minds to it.'
    Chapters 52-54 (88% in)
  • 'Now the whole set — I mean the chambers — is only three rooms; but Sophy arranges for the girls in the most wonderful way, and they sleep as comfortably as possible.
    Chapters 58-60 (40% in)

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