lean times

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*lean times (ahead)

Fig. a future period of lowered income or revenue; a future period when there will be shortages of goods and suffering. (*Typically: be ~; cause ~; have ~; mean ~.) The economy is going sour which means lean times ahead.
See also: lean, times
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President Clinton's proposed 1995 federal budget would mean lean times for almost everyone, but research and development would fare better than most.