lean and mean

lean and mean

Fig. fit and ready for hard, efficient work. Dave got himself lean and mean and is ready to play in Saturday's game. The management is lean and mean and looks to turn a profit next year.
See also: and, lean, mean

lean and mean

mod. capable and ready for hard, efficient work. Ron got himself lean and mean and is ready to play in Saturday’s game.
See also: and, lean, mean
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The war coverage, interestingly enough, has included a ton of criticism of the Bush administration, and particularly Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, for a lean and mean approach to the war.
As it is turning out, the pundits were wrong, and the lean and mean strategy of the administration is, perhaps, a metaphor for our times.
I have worked in fat and happy organizations, and I have worked for lean and mean companies.