by design

Idioms & Phrases

by design

On purpose, deliberately, as in Whether by luck or by design, his application was accepted. This term, originally put as on design, uses design in the sense of "plan." [First half of 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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by design

adverb
with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice" [syn: intentionally] [ant: accidentally
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