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lean

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lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours.
    • a lean racehorse
spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise.
    • the gymnast's spare figure
lank implies tallness as well as leanness.
    • the lank legs of the heron
lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness.
    • a lanky youth, all arms and legs
gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering.
    • a prisoner's gaunt face
rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment.
    • a rawboned farmer
scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality.
    • a scrawny chicken
    • skinny street urchins

lean

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the degree to which something rises up from a position level with the horizon

  • the wall has enough of a lean that we can't set a bookcase against it
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lean

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1 to set or cause to be at an angle

  • just lean the ladder against the tree and climb up it
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2 to show a liking or proneness (for something)

  • the family's diet leans toward greasy food
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3 to place reliance or trust

  • you can always lean on me if you need help
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bank on, call on (or upon), figure on, look to, stand on

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