on purpose

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on purpose

  1. (idiomatic) With purpose; intentionally; purposely.
    That wasn't an accident! You did it on purpose!
  2. (archaic) For the purpose; for that specific reason.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      Blifil bowed and stammered, and looked like a fool; but Western, without giving him time to form a speech for the purpose, answered, “Well, well, I am to blame, if you will, I always am, certainly; but come, let the girl be fetched back again, or let Mr Blifil go to her.——He’s come up on purpose, and there is no time to be lost.”

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