lean and mean

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Definition of lean and mean

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

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“Lean and mean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lean%20and%20mean. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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