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I mean

  1. Used to correct an error or slip of the tongue.
  2. (colloquial) A delaying filler.
    • 2011, Jeremy Robert Hall, Summer Days:
      They were filth, utter filth. I mean, and this tops it. She even bought the video of her sister dying, or at least the sex act that killed her.
    • 2019 October 13, Jack Freeman (interviewer), “Everything Brian Kelly said after Notre Dame's win over USC”, 247Sports, IrishIllustrated.com:
      Q. [...] To rush for 306 yards against that group, how did you accomplish that?
      BRIAN KELLY: Well, look, I mean, I could stand up here and BS you guys all day and tell you we're the second coming of the Green Bay Packers rushing attack.
  3. (colloquial) A mild intensifier.
    I must say the title puts me off as well. I mean, come on. Is this supposed to be original or creative?
  4. (colloquial) An indication of approximation or uncertainty.
    I mean, it very well could be.

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