lean, mean (something) machine

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lean, mean (something) machine

Someone or something who is prepared and able to work very hard, skillfully, and efficiently to do something. A humorous play on the phrase "lean, mean fighting machine." After 15 years of experience in this industry, our little firm has become a lean, mean bean-counting machine. This little barbecue might not look like much, but it's a lean, mean grilling machine!
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DUNDEE UNITED boss Ray McKinnon last night hailed rejuvenated Charlie Telfer as a lean, mean machine.
Big Sam is now in charge of the FA's new prototype - will it be a lean, mean machine or will it look smooth and sleek only to fall apart after the testing is completed?
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"You would think it would bulk up but it turns out that a lot of the development including the finishing touches put on the brain in late adolescence, early adulthood involve not adding cells and connections but rather eliminating the ones that aren't needed, so you are left with a lean, mean machine.
Then again, it probably helps that the latest incarnation of Guns N' Roses is a lean, mean machine that sounds completely in sync with Rose's mood swings and musical vision.
If the previous Mazda3 MPS - which stands for Mazda Performance Series - was a car of serious appeal then the all-new model is more of a lean, mean machine with its elegant rather than aggressive lines.
The lean, mean machine is now ready to deal with all the croissants and baguettes France can throw at him - including the lung-bursting ascent of Mont Ventoux.
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What might have looked like a jigsaw puzzle when he launched his campaign in California nearly a decade ago now works like a lean, mean machine. His well-financed campaign in all five states this year is based on the same blueprint, with customized changes to fit the legal landscape of each state.
There's no problem about these fit young men handling the humidity and now that Westwood is a lean, mean machine after a winter in the gym, he should be staying on at the finish as well.
And there was no way it could be a lean, mean machine with some of the excess baggage it was carrying.
"I've built a lean, mean machine. We have no fat on our business."
She and other Hollywood girls have discovered that the way to the hunk's heart is to be a lean, mean machine.
Like Ox, he was determined to turn himself into a lean, mean machine.
He runs a lean, mean machine but is still people-oriented.