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[leen-feyst] /ˈlinˈfeɪst/
having a thin, narrow face.
Origin of lean-faced
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yrtok, a dark, lean-faced girl, led the way with a quiet monosyllable.

    The Talkative Tree Horace Brown Fyfe
  • Generally they are lean-faced, sallow, level-browed, with rather high cheek-bones.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced villain, A mere anatomy.

  • For one, she immediately pitched upon a lean-faced wretch in front of her.

  • The day nurse was a tall, lean-faced professional who had learned to meet miracles and failures with equal lack of expression.

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
  • I have felt it after a hearty dinner, in the streets of a great city, when a lean-faced beggar has held out his hand for alms.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • A lean-faced, rather commonplace woman recognised Carrie on the platform and hurried forward.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • She would not have been surprised to see the lean-faced man begin to shoot at the others.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The stranger was a tall, lean-faced man of forty or forty-five, well dressed, with a brusque yet pleasant manner of speech.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • First of all to come was lean-faced Crosby, one cheek swelled round with a giant quid.

    Where the Trail Divides

    Will Lillibridge

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