lean and mean

idiom

: efficient and successful
We wanted our business to be lean and mean.

Examples of lean and mean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During open-water season, most of my fishing trips are lean and mean. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Many native plants prefer the lean and mean treatment that a hellstrip provides, Baisden says. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 Can Tell is as lean and mean as the Led Zeppelin classic is heavy and opulent. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2021 Some exposition is necessary, but the repetition of it is antithetical to the show’s strengths as something relatively lean and mean. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2023 And Gil-Ordóñez took a lean and mean approach to the Presto finale — its racing piano, dipping trombones, percussive snaps and goofy adieu all tightly managed and keenly balanced. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 As lean and mean and extremely focused on storyline as Identity is, Liman's direction also somehow manages to feel distinctly European in all its incremental character moments. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 June 2022 Many talent acquisition teams are running lean and mean, unable to carry the weight of a hiring surge without additional support. Charles Hipps, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The format this year was brand new, forgoing the traditional figure 8 for a lean and mean drag race style. Alton Strupp, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021

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“Lean and mean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lean%20and%20mean. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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