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  • adj. comparative form of lean: more lean

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake


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  • UAB converted just 8 of 14 free throws in the last 66 seconds, and Jamal Shuler's 3-pointer - a desperate, twisting leaner from the left corner - pulled the CAA regular season champions (24-8) to within 78-77 with 9 seconds left.

  • They seem to know that in leaner and livelier form their courtroom dramas, geisha memoirs, and horse-whisperer romances would not be taken seriously, and that it is precisely the lack of genre-ish suspense that elevates them to the status of prize-worthy "tales of loss and redemption."

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  • When I read this interview that just went online on "The Washington Post," Peter Baker interviewing the president, saying the president is now ready to go forward and expand the size of the U.S. military, the first thing that went through my mind is this in effect is a slap on Donald Rumsfeld because for six years he's wanted to do things with a so-called leaner, meaner, small U.S. military.

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  • So we need a government that is leaner, that is more creative, that is less bureaucratic, that does fewer dumb things.

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  • It's been a while since Ubuntu could be called a leaner alternative to Windows.

  • A leaner is a garbage can filled with water and leaned against a door so when the door is opened, the can floods the feet of the victim. -

  • That means the show is trying to be leaner, which is crimping some of its environmental aims.

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  • Sometimes I end up cutting a lot, but I've been writing "leaner" recently, more likely due to a shift to stories set in the modern era rather than my usual historical settings. 

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  • What we are left with are ultimatums that provide only two possibilities: bankruptcy now, or becoming "leaner" with the future possibility of insolvency still hanging like a sword of Damocles.

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  • I'm an Obama "leaner," but I have to say that his dealings with Krugman have been blundering.

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