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I mean to say

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishI mean to sayI mean to sayEXPLAINused when adding a reason or explanation for something you have just said, especially something you feel strongly about Of course she wants to see the children – I mean to say, it’s only natural isn’t it? mean
Examples from the Corpus
I mean to sayWell the first main stop light you hit I guess is what I mean to say.Well, I mean to say, I've got total admiration for the way you chaps work.Good ... Dorothy, I meant to say on Sunday how wonderful the flowers looked.Really, I mean to say, Stevens.
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