lean times

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lean times

A period of time in which money is not plentiful or one is not successful. Judging from our earnings forecast for the next quarter, we're heading into some lean times. Those were lean times after my father lost his job.
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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.