from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Lean, Sir David 1908-1991. British filmmaker. His works include The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), both of which won Academy Awards.


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  • On the professional business front, we have James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones to thank for popularizing the term Lean Thinking in their 1996 book of the same name.

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  • In this way, firms used the term Lean as a cover for conventional cost-cutting. News

  • The implication of the term Lean in the context of the consulting business and its future potential in Brazil is examined, supported by an evaluation of the target market.

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  • Lean is like communism – it works GREAT in theory”.

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  • And in recent years Lean and Six Sigma have been conceptually and synergistically combined to create what is known as Lean Six Sigma or LSS.


  • In it John Howard Davies gave his memories of starring as Oliver Twist in Lean's 1948 film of the novel.

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  • Years before I had a blog I wrote an article on Oliver Twist I wrote that, while the workhouse boys on Oliver! are obviously stage school brats, those in Lean's film look as though they would eat you given half a chance.

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  • It was not the bandit who had taken the gray horse; that man was called Lean Head.

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  • The former entrepreneur has developed a counterintuitive strategy he calls the Lean Startup.

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  • This was the last of what the duo on the commentary term Lean's "indigenously English" films and is a fitting swansong to this period of his oeuvre.



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