by all means, (do something)

When you introduce a suggestion with "by all means", it shows that you really think that the listener should take your suggestion. It's a way of showing that you're serious about what you're saying:

A: Can I sit and watch you work for a few minutes?

B: By all means.

People use "by all means" in arguments as well:

A: I've had enough of you! I don't have to put up with this, you know.

B: If you want to leave, by all means, go right ahead.

Another way to explain "by all means" is that it's like saying "Don't hesitate."

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