lean and hungry look

A phrase from the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Caesar remarks, concerning one of the men conspiring against him, “Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.” Caesar means that Cassius looks dangerously dissatisfied, as if he were starved for power.


Nearby words

  1. leal,
  2. lealty,
  3. leamington,
  4. leamington spa,
  5. lean,
  6. lean on,
  7. lean over backwards,
  8. lean-burn,
  9. lean-faced,
  10. lean-to

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