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accidentally on purpose

accidentally on purpose


  • performing an action intentionally and pretending to either oneself or to the world that as an accident
  • as if by accident, but really by meaning

Intended, prearranged, predetermined, pre-planned


  1. I hate this flower vase so much, some day I might drop it accidentally on purpose.
  2. Despite being so brilliant, how did he failed. I suspect he flunked accidentally on purpose
  3. She didn’t want to have any contact with him. So she deleted his phone number accidentally on purpose
  4. It seems Richard did not wanted to wear that shirt so he spilled ketchup over it accidentally on purpose
  5. There was no way those two met by coincidence. He was stalking her to meet accidentally on purpose.
  6. The way he got out in the cricket match accidentally on purpose, I am dead sure he is involved in match fixing.

This phase is used to describe a situation where a person’s innocent mistake looks like a deliberate action.

The origin of this phrase can be traced back to the 18th century. The first printed and maintained record can be found from The history of the famous preacher Friar Gerund de Campazas, by José Francisco de Isla, 1772:
Tell us what is Modesty of Voice, for you happened accidentally on purpose to drop this word, and I don’t rightly know what it signifies.

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