accidentally on purpose

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EtymologyEdit

Used in the United Kingdom since about 1880, in the United States since about 1885.

AdverbEdit

accidentally on purpose (not comparable)

  1. Deliberately, though apparently accidentally.
    • 2003, The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, edited by Steven R. Serafin and Alfred Bendixen, page 512 (entry "Hemingway"):
      When a buffalo charges at her husband, Margot, directly in back of him and standing up in Wilson's open car, fires toward the buffalo and kills Francis — whether accidentally, on purpose, or accidentally on purpose, H. leaves ambiguous.
    • 2008, Karen White, The House on Tradd Street:
      “Or maybe,” Jack added, “her mother accidentally on purpose lost it.”

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Last modified on 20 December 2013, at 09:53