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lean and mean

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lean and mean

adjective phrase

Desperately and somewhat menacingly ambitious; hungry: ''Lean and mean'' is the byword in publishing these days/ A fat and lazy firm must become lean and mean, or see its capital redeployed (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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