lean times

*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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Our message to our employees is that while we are currently going through some lean times, we view this as a short-term hiccup and that our long-term outlook is strong," said General Manager Derek Neumann.
LEAN TIMES n Amy Lennox at Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin yesterday
It is a cost the country should not shoulder during lean times.
This is a Commercial Cleaning Business that has enjoyed steady solid revenue throughout these lean times.
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced the release of "Strategic Cutback Management: Law Enforcement Leadership for Lean Times.
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The fiscally minded Verizon Arena staff managed to check off a couple of items on its wish list despite lean times.
Margaret Sinclair, Glasgow HANDING out money for building better houses and demolishing these high rise flats, is a bit of 'pie in the sky' given the lean times ahead.
In both dolphins and ancient humans it would ensure during lean times enough energygiving sugar was always on hand to meet the demands of a large power-hungry brain.
In these lean times, no-one could say it was anything other than a good thing, of course, and I have read estimates of it bringing pounds 50m to the city.
Organisers say it will help companies drive down lean times, reduce waste and stock and embrace best practice techniques.
I owe him a lot for bringing me back to where I always wanted to be and the rest of the lads owe him for deflecting the flak and sticking by them during recent lean times.
Whenever school districts have been on lean times, arts education has been the subject most impacted.
With just a few shopping weeks left before Christmas, traders are warning of lean times.
The upper limits on the amount that employers can put into their pension plans will increase, to encourage adding more money during good times and building a cushion that can keep pensions solvent in lean times.