a mean streak

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 4 comments

a mean streak

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 4 comments

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

This sentence contains the English expression 'a mean streak'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

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he's nice guy, a a .

he's a nice guy, he's also a bit a mean .

About the sentence

to have a mean streak

If someone has a mean streak or a nasty streak, it means that there is an unpleasant or unfriendly aspect to their personality. In general they could be quite friendly, but at times they have a tendency to be unkind or horrible.

We can adapt this phrase for other aspects of someone's personality - usually negative ones (e.g. a competitive streak, a stubborn streak).


Notice the pronunciation of 'got' - the 't' sound is 'dropped' and pronounced as a 'glottal stop' which can make the word hard to identify. If you're interested in what people think about the glottal stop and why it is often (unfairly) criticised, have a look at this article.

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  • Do you know anyone who has a bit of a mean streak?

  • Would you say that you have a bit of mean streak? Has anyone ever told you this?

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Well, I believe that all of us have a bit of a mean streak to someone
I think that I have a bit of mean streak because I am not a really sociable or hearty person. At first glance, people must think that I am someone unfeeling or indifferent, but when they get to know me, they find out that I’m not so bad as they thought

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