mean streak: meaning and explanation
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).
Accent: Northern England
…he’s also got a bit of a mean 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.
Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- Do you know anyone who has a bit of a mean streak?
- Would you say that you have a nasty streak? Has anyone ever told you this?