lean and mean

Definition of lean and mean

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

    :  to rely for support or inspiration

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

  1. :  lacking or deficient in flesh

    :  containing little or no fat

    :  lacking richness, sufficiency, or productiveness

  1. :  to make lean

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

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

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

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

  1. :  lacking distinction or eminence :  humble

    :  lacking in mental discrimination :  dull

    :  of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status

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

    :  occupying a position about midway between extremes

    :  being the mean of a set of values :  average

  1. :  something intervening or intermediate

    :  a middle point between extremes

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


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