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Posted by R. Berg on October 25, 2003

In Reply to: Designs on himself posted by Lotg on October 25, 2003

: : This means he's got intentions for her, got his eye on her, plans, etc. Why designs and how did it come about?

: Actually another variation on the use of this terms is to say that someone has designs on themselves, suggesting, they're conceited. Again, why designs?

: I've gone a bit mad this morning typing, I'll get off now and go out for brekky.

"Design" meant a mental plan, an intention, before it meant anything to do with graphics. Check a good dictionary (one weighing more than a pound) for the historical sequence of meanings.

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