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The meaning and origin of the expression: Accidentally on purpose

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Accidentally on purpose

Meaning

Deliberately, but feigning accident.

Origin

The first printed record of this phrase that I can find is 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.