I didn't mean it that way. / I didn't mean it like that.

Use this expression when someone has misunderstood what you wanted to say. You should especially say this when you say something in a friendly, innocent way, but someone gets offended by it. Here's another example:

A: You sound horrible.

B: Oh, thanks a lot! (Sarcastically)

A: No, I didn't mean it that way. I meant that you sound like you have a cold or something.

The phrases "I didn't mean it that way" and "I didn't mean it like that" are pretty much the same.

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