lean and mean

Definition of lean and mean

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

Word by Word Definitions

lean play
  1. : to incline, deviate, or bend from a vertical position

  2. : to cast one's weight to one side for support

  3. : to rely for support or inspiration

  1. : the act or an instance of leaning : inclination

  1. : lacking or deficient in flesh

  2. : containing little or no fat

  3. : lacking richness, sufficiency, or productiveness

  1. : to make lean

  1. : the part of meat that consists principally of lean muscle

mean play
  1. : to have in the mind as a purpose : intend

  2. : to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future

  3. : to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate : signify

  1. : lacking distinction or eminence : humble

  2. : lacking in mental discrimination : dull

  3. : of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status

  1. : occupying a middle position : intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

  2. : occupying a position about midway between extremes

  3. : serving as a means : intermediary

  1. : something intervening or intermediate

  2. : a middle point between extremes

  3. : a value that lies within a range of values and is computed according to a prescribed law: such as


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