A massive 1986 reorganization, designed to streamline the company into a leaner, more modern enterprise, had the opposite effect.
In the new, leaner strategy, any bloat has to go, even if it means reversing on a major earlier decision.
But will forgoing your morning oatmeal really lead to a leaner body and better athletic performance?
Now with a “leaner” military, as Obama described it on Thursday, UAVs are getting another boost.
But once we get lean (or at least leaner), why does it take something close to superhuman effort to stay that way?
He was leaner than when he left London and there were pouches below his eyes.
Lean as their cattle were, they would be leaner in a short time.
Roundness admiring the growth of its globe may address majestic invitation to the leaner kine.
Her white face, in the frame of her mantilla, looked longer, leaner than usual.
If England were cut up into small allotments, the general state would be harder and leaner than before.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).